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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 […]
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!”
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.
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.
All 50 states have laws that protect animals from cruelty. We as a society believe that animals should be respected, but there is a disconnect between what we believe and the treatment that farm animals receive. Wayne Pacelle takes the TEDxManhattan stage to discuss a new, humane economy that is not only beneficial for us, but also beneficial […]