How Sustainable Food Leaders Are Celebrating Earth Day

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In 1970, the 22nd of April was named Earth Day. The dedication followed the 1962 release of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a novel which courageously pioneered skepticism and questioning of the food tech movement. Carson foresaw a spring in which the buzzing of the bees was replaced by the sound of vehicles, coating our planet in pesticides. Fast forward to 2017, where skepticism and questions abound, but so do innovative solutions.

Happy Earth Day from Change Food!

At Change Food, one of our favorite parts of our work is communicating with both today’s Rachel Carsons and tech titans. Often, they are one and the same. We connect leaders in the sustainable food movement, each of whom lives like a year contains 365 Earth Days.

Speakers at Change Food Fest 2016

Speakers at Change Food Fest 2016 are perfect examples; Last November, they demonstrated their passion for the health of the planet through food. They showed us new forms of food tech, inventions and ideas to make toxic pesticides and short-sighted systems extinct. And we were forward-thinking (an environmentalist’s favorite trick!) enough to catch them on film, so the speakers’ passions live on as everyday Earth-Day-Inspiration in the Change Food Video Library.

Take Bruce Friedrich of the Good Food Institute. He spoke about the stages of animal agriculture, and how each severely depletes precious resources and pollutes the Earth. At the Good Food Institute, he creates plant-based meats and “clean meat” through cellular agriculture. How does one grow meat, you ask? What would a meat brewery even look like, you wonder? Find out more about Fortune Magazine’s 2016 Hottest Tech in Silicon Valley here.

Devita Davison of FoodLab Detroit is another of Mother Nature’s warriors. She spoke about “Race and Equity in the Good Food Movement,” by telling the story of Hot-Chicken, which was “created, invented, launched and made popularized by black businesses 80 years ago,” but publicly credited to white-owned Hattie B’s. Davison’s work represents 365 Earth Days because we can’t have a healthy, sustainable food system until we all believe Black Food Matters. Watch her captivating storytelling skills to understand how progress is made through inclusive entrepreneurship.

Devita Davison engages the audience at Change Food Fest 2016.

Martina Lynch, CEO of Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, gives us another example of inclusive entrepreneurship. Watch her foster understanding through her spoken-word poem “Fences,” named after an ice cream flavor with a meaningful story.

And Kim Huskey, the Food Services Manager in the Americas for Google, is also cultivating a paradigm shift in the food system, of which we’re sure Mother Nature would approve. Find out how corporations can support a more plant-forward diet from a pretty notable corporation (yep, Google!) by watching her Change Food Fest talk here.

Earth Day’s 50th anniversary is three years away, on April 22, 2020. At it’s official inception 47 years ago, its organizers were fighting “oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife” (1).

Martina Lynch, CEO of Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, performs “Fences.”

Our current food system is entwined in all of those same battles, and therefore provides enormous opportunity for revitalization. Change Food’s suggestion to you: Host an Earth Day Video Night. It doesn’t have to be on the actual holiday – as we know, every day is April 22nd for the movers and shakers! Start the conversation, further your understanding of the food system as it is and can be, and ensure noisy springtimes for generations to come.

Our perfect Earth Day begins and ends with exploration: first, of the great outdoors, and second, of the Change Food Video Library. How about yours? Show us how you honor the planet using the hashtag #ChangeFoodSaveEarth.

Carly Brand is studying Sustainable Urban Nutrition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She looks to Change Food for future generations and loves to hear your perspectives at carlybrand11@gmail.com.

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