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Was 2015 the year of the foodie?

Was 2015 the year of the foodie?

They shamed almonds, looked askance at genetic modification and antibiotics, and demanded to know more about what they ate. Those actions by U.S. food consumers may have made 2015 the year of the foodie, whose opinions and choices drove companies and policymakers to change the way food is grown and sold.

“It’s been a very positive year in many ways,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, a consumer advocacy group that pushed many of the issues of 2015. “The foodie movement has become a food safety movement, and it has become a very powerful movement both in policy and in the marketplace.”

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