Just as President Obama gave his State of the Union speech this week, two critical New York Times stories have highlighted the abysmal status of our food (a subject not included in Obama’s address). Viewed from so many angles, it just looks bad. As Mark Bittman writes, more than 46.5 million Americans are receiving SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps). That’s some 15 percent of the nation. His commentary outlines how the most pressing issues facing Americans are stitched together in a complicated web. And food is center. Meanwhile, this scathing report by Michael Moss details the horrendous conditions animals endure at a federal research center in Nebraska.