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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!”
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.
Stephen Ritz is not a farmer. He’s a parent, a resident and a teacher. He noticed his students were getting fatter and sicker. This is Steve’s crusade to get his students to eat healthy by learning to grow their food and their community.
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.
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.
Professor Frederick Kaufman from the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism discusses the major research projects currently underway to develop actual metrics to define what sustainable food is.
Lucas Knowles is the USDA Coordinator for “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.” He demonstrates the huge demand for local sustainable food through three promising approaches.
Artist and innovator, Britta Riley, explains R&D-I-Y. Using social media and mass participation, the community has researched and developed her unique approach to growing food in small urban apartments using a window, plastic bottles and some plants. Join in: research and develop it yourself.
Josh Viertel, President of Slow Food USA, dreams of a world where fruit is cheaper than fruit loops and there are more school gardens than McDonald’s has franchises.