On June 16th, 2015, Change Food reunited with TEDxManhattan 2015 speakers Michele Merkel of Food & Water Justice and Kendra Kimbirauskas of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project in New York City to host the Facing Factory Farms Salon. Joined by a diverse group of attendees, we sought to accomplish three goals:
- Generate actionable ideas on how to fight the growing presence of factory farming in the U.S.
- Discuss how to involve urban residents and students in fighting factory farming and other food issues.
- Use this Salon as a template for other interested individuals to create their own event around a food issue.
After showing Kendra and Michele’s talks, each speaker gave a brief update (below) on their work.
Despite Kendra Kimbirauskas’ work as an anti-factory farm organizer and the growing number of people increasing their involvement and education on the issue, factory farms continue to expand, affecting more and more communities . CAFOs dramatically degrade the land, and excessive waste and poor containment severely contaminate water sources. Further, AgGag laws make it illegal to take photos and document animal cruelty on CAFOs, making it difficult to expose factory farming practices.
The eight finalists for the coveted 2015 TEDxManhattan Award have been named and the polls are now open so you can help select the winner. The TEDxManhattan Award recognizes an organization making a difference in the field of sustainable food and farming. This year’s finalists include:
- Animal Welfare Approved
- Broccoli’s Extreme Makeover
- Cafeteria Culture
- Dunk the Junk
- Green Bronx Machine
- Pure Food Kids Foundation
- Sea to Table
- Wholesome Wave
Online voting is open now through 6 pm ET on Sunday, January 25. The winner will be selected based on the votes submitted as well as the input from a panel of expert judges, including Food & Wine editor-in-chief, Dana Cowin who will present the award at TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat. The deserving recipient organization will be announced on January 30 and will have the opportunity to speak about its efforts at TEDxManhattan, taking place on Saturday, March 7.
To learn more about TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat and ways you can enjoy the event live from the comfort of your own computer, please visit www.tedxmanhattan.org.
In the meantime, please be sure to vote!
Change Food is a nonprofit whose mission is to connect and transform the food we eat, the people who produce it, and the world in which it is grown. To read and learn more, visit The Guide to Good Food blog.
Union Square Hospitality Group CEO and Founder Danny Meyer, NYC Coalition Against Hunger Executive Director Joel Berg and Food Tank co-Founder and President Danielle Nierenberg are among those who will take the stage at TEDxManhattan, “Changing the Way We Eat,” on March 7, 2015, in New York City. See the full list of confirmed speakers in the recent press release.
David Binkle, Director of Food Services at Los Angeles Unified School District, was interviewed offstage at TEDxManhattan 2014 about obstacles to changing the way kids eat. Hear what he had to say, or watch his full talk.
Artist & farmer Matthew Moore of Digital Farm Collective was interviewed offstage at TEDxManhattan 2014, where he spoke about the role of art in changing the way we eat. See his brief interview, or watch his full talk.
2014 speaker Andrew Gunther of Animal Welfare Approved was interviewed offstage about the organization and its certification program. “Spend five minutes a month just learning where your meat comes from and how it was raised and who raised it,” he urged. See his full talk here.
2014 TEDxManhattan speaker Megan Miller, founder of Bitty Foods, spoke to us offstage about her vision of making insects a commonly accepted protein source. See her full talk here.
Gary Oppenheimer, Executive Director of AmpleHarvest.org and a 2012 TEDxManhattan speaker, was interviewed at TEDxManhattan 2014. He talks about how AmpleHarvest.org enables home gardeners to help those in need. See the brief interview.
Sunny Young of Good Food for Oxford Schools spoke offstage at TEDxManhattan about why she loves teaching kids in Oxford, MS, to eat better. See her brief interview here. Her full talk is available here.
We conducted offstage interviews with several of the TEDxManhattan 2014 speakers. Michael Rozyne, Executive Director of Red Tomato, spoke about the logistics of local food, the topic of his talk. See his brief interview here.