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Hi, everybody. Can you hear me alright, just out of curiosity? Okay. I can project because I used to be a slam poet. This is a food poem called “Wun Yee. Muk Yee. Cloud Ear Fungus. Does it grow on land or in the sea?” My grandfather holds the tiny cloud ears running under a […]
Michael Rozyne explains the ways in which the current industrial food system creates logistical and geographic gaps. It encourages durable, low-cost products and year-round supply rather than more sustainability or fair prices to farmers. Get the good food movement involved at every stop along the supply chain of produce, from picking to packing to shipping […]
Tama Matsuoka Wong was a corporate attorney. Now she’s a forager. When she started gardening in her New Jersey backyard, she quickly realized that weeds would take over her garden. Tama tells us about her Japanese culture and realizing that what some call “weeds” are delicacies in other parts of the world.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!”
50 Million people in the United States are hungry, meaning they do not have enough food to feed their families. Food drives can help, but what about fresh, perishable food? Goodwill and technology comes together in AmpleHarvest.org to connect home gardeners with excess food and local food pantries.
Michael Conard, Assistant Director at the Urban Design Lab, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, discusses the new distribution systems needed for changing the food system.
Producer of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” Laurie David has authored best-selling books, executive produced television specials & documentaries and has been called the Bono of climate change by Vanity Fair. Now she’s bringing it all home to her kitchen table.
Long live the Food Movement! Brian Halweil, publisher of “Edible Manhattan,” discusses the problems with the global food system and the solutions he’s found cropping up everywhere.