We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work. Below, Anna Lappé, founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and Project Director at Food Mythbusters, talks about her ongoing efforts to combat food marketing to kids. You can see Anna’s 2013 talk here.
What have been the most exciting developments in your work since TEDxManhattan?
[We’ve launched] our next mythbusting movie based on the themes of my TEDxManhattan talk. People can see the full movie and learn how to get involved.
What are your biggest plans for the 2nd half of 2013?
We’re launching a big sustainable food movie contest in October 2013. Anyone can participate and the movies will be judged by an A-list crew–including Michael Pollan, Padma Lakshmi, and Robby Kenner.
What impact did TEDxManhattan have on your work?
I’ve heard from people all around the world who’ve seen my TEDxManhattan talk. I think the message resonated with so many moms and dads who had a gut sense that something was wrong but who hadn’t understood the extent of marketing before. It’s been amazing and so gratifying. People are getting fired up to take action to fight back against unfettered marketing of junk food and soda to kids.