Change Food Community News: May 13, 2016

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Community NewsWelcome to the Guide 2 Good Food’s Community News section, where every two weeks we provide updates on what the Change Food Community is doing as well as report important, time sensitive news. (The Change Food Community consists of Change Food speakers as well as former TEDxManhattan speakers.)


  • The Natural Resources Defense Council launched a national campaign, “Save the Food,” targeting consumers as the largest source of food waste.
  • Tom Colicchio advocated for less food waste and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Save the Food” ad campaign in a special article he wrote for Time, 6 Tips to Enjoy More Food and Waste Less of It.
  • On May 10th, thousands gathered in New York for Feeding the 5000 NYC campaign to rally against food waste in the city. Look for other events to be planned in cities across the country this year.


  • Humane Society President and CEO, Wayne Pacelle has published a new book, The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals. Pacelle writes, “If we just reduce our meat consumption by 15 percent, we’d save a billion animals.” He is interviewed on Real Time with Bill Maher, CNBC, and NPR9780062389640
  • Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch, has released a new book, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment, discussing the devastating impacts of fracking.


  • Real Food Films announced it’s 2016 winners! The grand prize went to Home Flavored, a story of how soda companies impact the lives of Latino families in the United States. Find the complete list here.
  • The James Beard Foundation announced winners for their annual awards. Top restaurants, chefs, journalists, and authors were celebrated. Find the full list of winners here


  • Environmental Working Group introduced their new Healthy Living App. The app gives you access to all reviews from EWG so it is easier to choose products that are better for the environment and your health.
  • The James Beard Foundation launched the JBF Impact Programs Initiative to bring together leaders in the culinary community in order to address society’s biggest food challenges. Chefs, farmers, and other leaders will focus on food waste, sustainable agriculture and seafood, childhood nutrition, and more.
  • The Humane Society of the United States has created the National Agriculture Advisory Council. It is comprised of family farmers and agriculturalists who practice and promote higher animal welfare standards within their operations.
  • Students at the University of Iowa are launching a food pantry to assist students unable to afford healthy food.
  • Wholesome Wave held their first benefit, Wholesome Wave Benefit, and raised over $100,000 benefiting increased access to healthy foods.

    Photo by Brendan van Meter.

    Photo by Brendan van Meter.

  • Bill Yosses, Former White House Chef, is baking up savory and sweet pies for his new venture, Perfect Pie. Pies are available at Brooklyn Roasting Company Cafes.
  • Danny Meyer and the Union Square Hospitality Group devoted a day to The Culinary Institute of America to find new talent. Many of the school’s graduates have worked for the group.


  • UC Food Observer interviews Anna Lappe in their latest profile on food activists: Four Food Activists Speak Out.
  • Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Restaurant Opportunities Center United, was interviewed on and to argue against tipping in restaurants for fair wages.


  • May 11 – 14 – Seeds & Chips.  Located in Milan, Italy, Seeds & Chips is the first international exhibit and conference totally dedicated to the Food & Technology sector. An event that brings together enthusiastic innovators, companies and investors who are eager to change, and in some cases revolutionize, the way food is produced, distributed, consumed and depicted.  Change Food is a content partner for this event.
  • May 20 — Celebrate Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day on May 20th and beyond. On Food Revolution Day, celebrate achievements in good food education, call attention to the work that still needs to be done, and learn to cook fresh, delicious, and nutritious meals with Jamie Oliver via a live Facebook event.  Register for more information and host your own Food Revolution Day event in your community.
  • June 3 – Antibiotics in Food: Can Less Do More? Presented by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences, explore the implications of antibiotic usage in food production on both animal and human health, food safety, and our economic systems. Speakers include experts working in the field of antibiotics, public health, and farming from across the globe. Register by April 21st for early-bird discounted rates.

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