Paul Willis, farmer and founder of Niman Ranch Pork Co., talks about changing food by not changing. Going against large factory farms and sticking with what he knew – high animal welfare, certification, animals raised without antibiotics, by family farmers – Paul created a space for changing food by not changing what he was doing.
Good food investors are very important in making a change to the food system. Eric Kessler, founder and senior managing director at Arabella Advisors, looks for good food products that contribute to health, sustainable agriculture, and affordable food for all. He discusses culture, policy change, and infrastructure as three essential elements to make it possible to provide […]
Andrew Ive, managing director at Food-X, talks about how we have been producing food to the lowest common denominator, but now is the time to focus on hope and action. Food-X, a food innovation accelerator, is working with people within the food movement ready to make change.
Jason Green, CEO and co-founder at Edenworks, looks at the evolution of diet – from foragers and hunters, to hunters and farmers, to a commodity-based diet species. Jason is not concerned about losing macronutrients in this evolution of diet, but is concerned about growing micronutrients. His company looks at indoor agriculture environments to address this, […]
Scott Norton, co-founder of Sir Kensington’s, talks about how the condiment got left behind. Sir Kensington’s mission is to bring integrity (and charm) to ordinary and overlooked food. They were challenged when they wanted to bring a vegan mayonnaise to market, but aquafaba, the thick viscous liquid in canned chickpeas, was the answer. They used […]
Angel Rodriguez, VP of Community Economic Development (CED) for Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), shares how a conversation with a single mom helped bring food to a community. In Philadelphia, where Angel’s team works, nearly half the population is food insecure. When they were asked what they wanted, the answer was obvious, the highest quality […]
Tessa Edick, founder of the FarmOn! Foundation, talks about the struggles with succession in farming, and teaching the next generation to be excited about the opportunity. FarmOn! Foundation helps to shift the paradigm, teaching kids the business of food with real skill sets as they live on the property, using the farm as a classroom.
Dawn Moncrief, founding director of A Well-Fed World, discusses the problems with livestock agriculture and its influence on the global resources needed to feed the world. She hopes that by making the connections between the livestock’s influence on hunger more obvious, we can start shifting away from the inefficient use of animals and promote plant-based […]
Sam Fromartz, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Food & Environment Reporting Network, tells a story about pesticide use in California that exposed some deep flaws in the food system. This story shows the importance of media and transparency, a focus that FERN, a news organization that produces reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health, will […]
Adam Eskin, founder and CEO of Dig Inn, talks about victory gardens and the capacity of Americans to unite and support one another in times of need. He suggests that there is another way to do business, by investing in personal relationships, sharing challenges and struggles, and also sharing successes – by being vulnerable – […]
Bruce Friedrich, executive director of The Good Food Institute, talks about how food tech will “save the world.” The current process of animal agriculture is entrenching the world in global poverty, and it’s bad for the environment, bad for global health and bad for animals. Good Food Institute is looking at creating a plant based […]
Daniel Blake, co-founder of OpenAg, is concerned with our current food production methods, from shipping food around the world to removing people from the process altogether. Does it have to be like this? What if we could democratize climate and bring food production to people around the world, despite the climate they live in? OpenAg […]