TEDxManhattan 2012

  • New Roads to New Markets – Patty Cantrell

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    All people must have access to healthy food and the means to producing it. Patty Cantrell challenges everyone to recognize and invest in the pathways and networks that get local food to market in our communities. Read More

  • Recirculating Farms: Building a Healthy, Sustainable Food Culture – Marianne Cufone

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    The United States imports about 86% of the seafood we consume, half of which is farmed. Marianne Cufone explains how recirculating farms use clean, recycled water in place of soil to grow plants and fish together (aquaponics). Read More

  • Tasting Our Way to a Better Food System – Mitchell Davis

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    Mitchell Davis, from the James Beard Foundation explains that if we focus our attention on the way our food tastes, we can actually improve the way our food system functions. A focus on taste will lead us to make better decisions about how and where we grow store, market and prepare our food. Read More

  • Who pays the “Farm Bill?” – Wenonah Hauter

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    Wenonah Hauter tells the story of how Big Food companies produce chicken in the United States. She invites you to join the fight, vote with your fork, and take political action to help change food policy in America. Read More

  • Veterans Food Production Program – Howard Hinterthuer

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    TEDxManhattan Challenge 2012 winner, Howard Hinterthuer, discusses the organic therapy program for Veterans with PTSD. Gardening has been found to be very helpful to recovery. Read More

  • Local Food, Immigrant Farmers – Michelle Hughes

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    Immigrants have always been the foundation of agriculture in the United States. Immigrants continue to bring agricultural knowledge into the country where the population of farmer’s has decreased from 96% to 2%. The New Farmer Development Project helps immigrant farmers with technical assistance and training designed to ensure the long-term viability of participating farms and farmland. Read More

  • Soil – From Dirt to Lifeline – Fred Kirschenmann

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    What is the difference between soil and dirt? There are more living micro-organisms in soil than all of those living above it. This community of life is more than just a growing medium. Farmer Fred Kirschenmann discusses what it will take to rebuild our spent topsoil – including the support of young farmers and chefs. Read More

  • Effects of a High Meat Diet on Public Health – Robert S. Lawrence

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    “You either pay the hospital or you pay the farmer.” Dr. Robert S. Lawrence would rather pay the farmer. From the molecular level to the global level, the high demand for meat is causing adverse effects in both human health and the environment. The good doctor urges you to learn, engage and reform the way you eat for better health and a better world. Read More

  • BrightFarms – A Produce Supply Chain Revolution – Paul Lightfoot

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    Most produce travels hundreds or thousands of miles to get to the grocery store shelves. It travels well, but taste and flavor are sacrificed for longevity. How about zero-miles-to-store? Paul Lightfoot tells us about Bright Farms which finances and builds greenhouse farms on the roofs of grocery stores. Now that’s “Fresh!” … Read More

  • Green Carts – Bringing the Backyard to the Bronx – Kerry McLean

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    Kerry McLean loved picking fruit in her backyard when she was a child. In the food desert of the Bronx, access to fresh fruit and vegetables is extremely limited. The Green Carts program brings mobile fruit and vegetables stands to the communities that need it the most. Read More