20 Food Heroes

Food in America is getting better on every front. Some of the people here are lions in their fields—still roaring. Others are just getting started. We salute them.

Michael Bloomberg
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Michael Bloomberg

70, New York City


NOTABLE FOR: Using the bully pulpit to take local action on national food-related health issues. His push to ban sales of oversized sodas cannily turned attention toward portion size as a public health concern. The soda push followed two earlier measures: a ban on trans fats in restaurants in 2006 and mandatory calorie-posting on menus in 2008 (adopted nationwide by McDonald’s in September). Research is mixed on the effectiveness of calorie-posting, but the mayor got the city talking.

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