Frederick Kaufman

Journalist and Professor
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

A professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Frederick Kaufman’s cover story for the July 2010 issue of Harper’s, “The food bubble,” has provoked controversy throughout the food world, and led to radio appearances—including Australian Public Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, and NPR—and television appearances onDemocracy Now! and Bloomberg TV. In “The food bubble,” Kaufman investigated the role that investment banks played in the upsurge of food prices in 2008 and how the subsequent rise in the price of global wheat pushed the number of the world’s food insecure to more than a billion people. Kaufman has also investigated recent efforts by transnational companies such as WalMart and Unilever to set the agenda for sustainable agriculture.