What does it mean to be truly alive? After Fred Bahnson went to divinity school, he found himself building a community garden. They brought the gifts of the garden into the church and the gifts of the church out to the garden. Whatever your beliefs, Fred tells us that those convictions need to become the work of […]
Annemarie Colbin discusses what led her to her basic theory of nutrition—starting with her experience living in Argentina with her family as a child and following a vegetarian diet to exploring a macrobiotic diet as a young adult and eventually to pursuing her PhD. To read more about this speaker, click here.
Ann Cooper is the renegade lunch lady and she wants to put salad bars in schools across the country because hungry kids can’t learn, malnourished kids can’t think. She explains how we need to spend more to feed our kids more nutritious food in schools – it’s not as crazy as you think.
Maisie (Greenawalt) Ganzler works for the Bon Appétit Management Company providing café and catering services to corporations, colleges and universities. She has spent years working to purchase more humane and sustainable supplies. It’s not as simple as signing a bigger check. It has been a complex education, and this is what she learned.
Gary Hirshberg discusses the case for mandatory federal labeling of genetically engineered foods. He argues that the federal government’s failure to establish transparency about these foods is a breach in their responsibility to we, the people. Moreover, he believes that we all have a part in inciting the government to label genetically engineered foods. See […]
As a chef, Peter Hoffman always tried to buy local as much as possible, but also feels no guilt buying great, exotic foods from far away lands. He also wants to be conscious of the natural gas used in his kitchens. Peter discusses the risks of hydrofracking on the environment… and why he likes Richard Nixon.
Farm to Freezer is the 2013 winner of the TEDxManhattan Challenge. Cheryl Kollin talks about the origins of her organization and how they leverage perishable food and some elbow grease to feed the hungry year round. See how they did it!
Anna Lappé took the TEDxManhattan stage to take on the billion-dollar business of marketing junk food to children and teens, and asked the food industry to leave the parenting to the parents. Click here for Anna’s full bio.
Peter Lehner was once a mountain climber. When you carry 30 days of food on your back, the motto is strict: waste not, want not. At home our habits become much more relaxed. In the US, 40% of the food grown is wasted. Peter discusses his solutions to this huge problem.
David McInerney travels the country talking with farmers as the founder of Fresh Direct, and understanding their challenges. Farmers should be encouraged to grow food that tastes great and rewarded for not taking shortcuts. Customers also need to guided into buying what is seasonal, tasty and nutritious, rather than just buying the few vegetables that are […]
LaDonna Redmond is a food activist and mother who just wanted the best food for her children. In her neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, organic food was not available. To understand food justice, we must understand the narratives of people of color.
Seeds are sex. They are the beginning and end, and the beginning again. Simran tells the story of seeds and how the world’s biodiversity is in jeopardy. Only four crops make up 50% of what is grown in the United States.