Speaker Erica Orange Shares Her Personal Passion For Changing the Food System

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The Change Food Fest speaker Erica Orange, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future Hunters, shares her personal connection to food and why The Change Food Fest is so important.

Blue Heron FarmHealing. That is what food has become for me. For the past 3+ years, I have struggled with recurrent pregnancy loss — the underlying cause being immunological. For years, my resulting inflammation went undiagnosed and was misunderstood by doctors. It wasn’t until I sought the assistance of Eastern medicine did the topic of food arise. Food for the purpose of healing; food for the purpose of restoration. As a society, our relationship with food is a far departure from what it once was. We heal through medicines rather than plants and herbs; we heal through artificial means rather than natural. Nature, however, gives us everything we need. But we have lost sight of that. For me, eliminating inflammation-causing foods changed my immune system and balanced my hormones. Food has healed me after surgeries, repeated infusions and fertility therapies. While I am still making my way through a rocky journey, I feel stronger, clearer, healthier and more in control.

Oftentimes lost in the conversation about food is women’s reproductive health. Many women, like me, are struggling. And many do not know why. So what has changed? It’s our environment that has changed. Our food system, in many ways, is broken. We live in a world of chemical substitutes masquerading as food. A world of convenience and satisfaction rather than nourishment and health. A world of calorie counting and diets rather than pure and real foods. And our collective biology is being directly affected. So it’s no wonder we see the rise of so many autoimmune conditions, particularly in developed nations.

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Our societal detachment from food, however, is leading to a renewed focus on the holistic self – we see this manifested in everything from the rise of functional medicine to increased talk about the microbiome. That is why events such as Change Food Fest are so important. It’s critical in pushing the dialogue forward and examining where we are as a species, and who we want to become. That’s the first step when it comes to creating meaningful change. We have the ability to change our relationship to food. And we have the ability to heal through food – we just need to rediscover how.

Learn more about Erica Orange, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future Hunters, in her bio.

The Change Food Fest “Growing the Good Food Movement”  will take place in New York City on November 12 and 13, 2016.  We will explore and celebrate change happening in the food system. Rather than simply talk about problems, we will actively look at solutions that are leading us to the sustainable food system we wish to see. Our focus will be on both real and visionary change and will include an exploration into seafood, plant based vs meat diets, possible impacts of new businesses and investment money coming into the food space – and much more. Join us – #CFFest2016! You can purchase a ticket or host a viewing party of the live webcast in your local community.

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