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TEDxManhattan Speaker Update: Bill Yosses

We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work.  Below, we hear from 2013 speaker Bill Yosses, Executive Pastry Chef at The White House.  See Bill’s talk here.

yossesWhat have been the most exciting developments in your work since TEDxManhattan?
The best part has been the connections I have made with people who have seen the talk and contacted me.   David Binkle of the Los Angeles Unified School System for one. He is the Food Director and has done a great job of changing the school lunch program there, it is really a model for the country. [Note: David will speak at TEDxManhattan 2014.]  Also Liz Williams of the Southern Food and Beverage Institute held a Farm to Table symposium in New Orleans and they are doing great things in Louisiana.

Where can we learn more about your work going forward?

The websites for www.letsmove.gov, ahealthieramerica.org, www.spoonsacrossamerica.com

What impact did TEDxManhattan have on your work?
I was amazed at the attendance and the reach of the talks.  They have a huge and influential audience.

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. 

TEDxManhattan Speaker Update: Anna Lappe

We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speaAnna Lappekers 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.

Where can we learn more about your work going forward?
People can sign up for our newsletter at www.realfoodmedia.org to get the latest info on our projects. Or connect with me on Twitter @annalappe.

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.

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. 

TEDxManhattan Speaker Update: Wayne Pacelle

We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work.  Below, Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, talks about the organization’s ongoing farm animal protection campaign.  See Wayne’s 2012 talk here.

What have been the most exciting developments in your work since TEDxManhattan?
Our farm animal protection campaign has achieved some major successes since I spoke. We persuaded more than 60 of the world’s largest food companies—including McDonald’s, Costco, Oscar Mayer, and dozens more—to eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains.  We also passed a law in Rhode Island banning gestation crates, veal crates, and dairy cow tail docking.  Canada’s National Farm Animal Care Council has recommended a phase-out of gestation crates as well.

What are your biggest plans for the 2nd half of 2013?
We’re working hard in Canada to achieve a nationwide ban on gestation crates following the National Farm Animal Care Council’s release in June  of a proposal that would do just that.  We anticipate a fight in the state legislatures against those seeking to criminalize whistleblowing on factory farms with the introduction of “ag-gag” bills —and after successfully defeating all eleven bills that were introduced this year, we’re confident that we’ll do so again in the second half of the year.  We’re building strong opposition to Rep. Steve King’s dangerous amendment to the Farm Bill, which could repeal all the state laws against puppy mills, shark finning, the extreme confinement of farm animals, the slaughter and sale of meat from horses, and laws that protect workers, the environment, and consumers. And we also plan to override New Jersey Governor Christie’s veto of our gestation crate bill, which overwhelmingly passed the legislature in May.

Where can we learn more about your work going forward?
We have a ton of resources on our website, www.humanesociety.org, and I encourage you and the TEDxManhattan audience to subscribe to my blog.

What impact did TEDxManhattan have on your work?

It reminded me of the breadth of opposition to factory farming.  It’s an issue of animal welfare, public health, personal health, environmental protection, and the health of rural communities.

What else would you like to share with the TEDxManhattan audience?
This is an issue that touches every one of us.  We have power to change the food production system by making conscious choices about food and getting involved in broader, collective efforts to drive long-overdue reforms.

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. 

TEDxManhattan Speaker Update: Peter Lehner

TEDxMAN-139We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work.  Below, 2013 speaker Peter Lehner, Executive Director of NRDC, tells us about NRDC’s ongoing efforts to ensure a safe and sustainable food system.  See Peter’s talk on food waste here.

What have been the most exciting developments in your work since TEDxManhattan?
We held our annual Growing Green Awards and named four outstanding winners.

What are your biggest plans for the 2nd half of 2013?

At the end of August, we released a comprehensive peer-reviewed Crop Insurance study laying out the evidence that American farmers who invest in soil health are lower risks to crop insurance companies because these farmers are far more resilient to extreme weather. NRDC’s new report proposes a pilot blueprint for resilient farming by adjusting crop insurance premiums to better reflect the actuarial value of healthy soil. We also have developed an interactive online tool, detailing county-by-county crop loss snapshots revealing the magnitude of crop loss in 2012 across all states and what extreme weather events caused those losses.
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TEDxManhattan Speaker Update: David McInerney

We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work.  Below, 2013 speaker David McInerney, co-founder of FreshDirect, brings us up to date on how the company is working to change the way we eat.  You can see David’s talk here.

DM1) What have been the most exciting developments in your work since TEDxManhattan? Since TEDxManhattan, all of us at FreshDirect have been continuing our mission to change the relationship people have with Food, Freshness and Farmers. Part of our commitment to changing the way people eat is to help create access to fresh, healthy foods, particularly in food deserts and among our urban youth.  Throughout the 2013 school year, we supplied nutritious, quality meals to the Sustainability Workshop School in Philadelphia as a part of their school lunch program. Since starting the school lunch program, the students at the Sustainability Workshop have consumed 25 percent more vegetables and 40 percent more fruits than ever before. FreshDirect also acknowledges the hurdles low income neighborhoods face with regard to accessing fresh, high quality foods. In order to help combat this challenge, FreshDirect has piloted the first online EBT program in the Bronx. Recently, I’m proud to say that we completed our inaugural Green Angel Fund Challenge, an urban agriculture-focused competition between two high schools: the Sustainability Workshop School in Philadelphia run by Simon Hauger, and the John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter School in the Bronx run by Marc Donald with support provided by Stephen Ritz of the Green Bronx Machine. The schools were guided by farmer mentors that we source from and competed to develop the nation’s most innovative hydroponic garden based on yield and eco-friendly design.  The challenge allowed farmers and urban students to team up to develop solutions to these problems by developing models for sustainable urban agriculture. The teamwork was mutually beneficial; the farmers help the students by imparting knowledge and expertise to them about best farming practices before they develop their models and the students benefit farmers by creating new models that will produce a yield and help to increase the demand for fresh foods in the inner-city.
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TEDxManhattan Speaker Update: Fred Bahnson

We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work.  Below, 2013 speaker Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, tells us about his newly published book, Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith.  See Fred’s talk here.

Fred Bahnson

Fred Bahnson

Much of the material from my TEDx Manhattan talk came from a book I’ve been writing for the past several years, Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. I’ve had a stellar team: friends, family, fellow writers, advance readers, my agent, two senior editors, copy editors, publicists, marketing folks, reviewers, cheerleaders, little old church ladies, a reclusive writer-fisherman from Montana whose books I love, and even the former Archbishop of Canterbury all lent a hand. I’m overwhelmed, really, when I think of how many people have put something of themselves into this book. I’m deeply grateful to them all. It says “memoir” in the subtitle (my publisher’s choice), but really this book is not about me. It’s about a much larger vision of which God is the author and I am only a scribe. The many hands who’ve touched this book, and the many people about whom I write within its pages, are part of that vision, too.
You can read an excerpt of Chapter 1, along with an author interview, in the summer issue of Image. A number of fine writers have already endorsed the book, and it’s received stellar reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus (starred review). NPR, Religion News Service, and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) have all asked to do stories on the book. This little craft is ready to begin making its way down the river.

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. 

TEDxManhattan Speaker Update: Paul Lightfoot, BrightFarms

We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work.  Below, an update from BrightFarms, which finances, designs, builds and operates greenhouse farms at or near supermarkets.  CEO Paul Lightfoot spoke at TEDxManhattan 2012; see his talk here.

Brightfarms GreenhouseSince BrightFarms CEO Paul Lightfoot gave his TEDxManhattan talk in January 2012, our greenhouse for McCaffrey’s Market is up and running in Yardley, PA! We’re well on our way to scaling up local food and bringing the farmer’s market to the supermarket. We’re growing local produce year-round for McCaffrey’s customers at our 56,000 square foot greenhouse, half a mile from the closest store. We’re currently growing salad greens (Spring Mix, Baby Arugula, Baby Kale, and Asian Greens) and tomatoes (Grape, Beefsteak, and Tomatoes on the Vine). We’re also delivering produce from this greenhouse to our retail partner A&P, delivering to their stores across the Tri-State area (see store locator).
Our hydroponic greenhouse conserves land and water, eliminates agricultural runoff, and reduces greenhouse gas emission from transportation. We’re also using integrated pest management (IPM). We have not sprayed any chemical pesticides on our salad greens and have not sprayed any fungicides on our tomatoes.  Plus, the farm has created ~14 full-time green-collar jobs for local farmers, keeping more local dollars in the community.
Since Paul’s talk, BrightFarms has partnered with 7 major supermarkets chains and has 7 commercial-scale greenhouses in development in Saint Paul, Saint Louis, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Washington D.C., Indianapolis, and Chicago. BrightFarms has raised over $10 million in equity and has $80 million in contracted backlog.  Fast Company named BrightFarms one of the world’s top 10 most innovative food companies and Oprah Magazine’s list of “50 Things That Will Make You Say Wow!”  Our farm in Saint Paul for Cub Foods will be completed this fall…get ready Minnesota!

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. 

TEDxManhattan Speaker Update: Ann Cooper

We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work.  Below, learn what Chef Ann Cooper, “The Renegade Lunch Lady,” has been up to since her 2013 talk, which can be found here.

Ann Cooper

Ann Cooper

Though school is out for the summer, Chef Ann Cooper’s school food reform efforts never stop! Through her nonprofit Food Family Farming Foundation (F3), Chef Ann is working hard to update and expand The Lunch Box, a free, online toolkit to help schools transition to scratch cooking. Her first priority is the development of recipes that meet the new USDA guidelines. She’ll upload them in an explodable format that makes menu planning easy for schools. She’s also working with the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition to conduct an evaluation of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program to determine what barriers are keeping schools from bringing salad bars into their cafeterias. To date, F3 has impacted over 800 U.S. school districts and 1,385,112 schoolchildren.
Named one of Greatist.com’s “Top 15 Crusaders for Health in America’s Food Industry” for 2013 (alongside the likes of Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama), Chef Ann is taking her message across the country in July. She’s speaking at the School Nutrition Association’s annual conference and The Edible Schoolyard’s and FoodCorp’s “Fellows in the Field” conference. To learn more about Chef Ann’s work, you can read her recent blog post at FoodTank.

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. 

TEDxManhattan Speaker Update: Tama Matsuoka Wong

We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work. We recently spoke with 2013 speaker Tama Matsuoka Wong, attorney turned professional forager.  See Tama’s talk here.

Tama Matsuoka Wong

Tama Matsuoka Wong

Tama was profiled in July on NJ.com.  Read the article or watch the accompanying video to get an update from this “professional forager, weed eater, meadow doctor and mother of three.”  The article details her journey from lawyer to forager, and how she forged a partnership with Eddy Leroux, the chef de cuisine at Michelin-starred restaurant Daniel in New York, with whom she’s written a book, Foraged Flavor.

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. 

TEDxManhattan Speaker Update: Elizabeth U, Finance for Food

We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work.  Below, 2011 speaker Elizabeth ÜExecutive Director of Finance for Food, tells us about her new book, Raising Dough: a Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business.  You can see Elizabeth’s talk here.

Elizabeth U

Elizabeth U

The book has a compelling foreword by Michael Shuman, attorney and localeconomist extraordinaire, and author of many books, including his most recentLocal Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.
Many thanks to the 11th Hour Project, whose generous financial support made this book possible, and also to the Food & Community Fellowship program (funded by the WK Kellogg and Woodcock Foundations), and GRACE Communications Foundation for their support in taking this book from an idea to a reality.
There are several ways that you can pre-order Raising Dough, including some discounted options. Everyone seems to asks me if they can get it from Amazon, so I’m glad that my recent article on Civil Eats, Buy Local: It’s Not Just About Food, has been making the rounds… please support your local, independent booksellers! If your organization works with entrepreneurs in communities that have not traditionally had access to financing education or other resources, please contact me about accessing very steep discounts on bulk orders and/or workshops. Ebooks aren’t available yet, but they should be ready at about the same time Raising Dough hard copies reach the shelves (July).
Presidio Graduate School will be using Raising Dough as a required text for its MBA curriculum, and I hope other business schools will follow suit; educators can request free examination copies directly from Chelsea Green Publishing. Students, thanks for helping get the word out to your professors about this very comprehensive text, which covers a lot of financing resources that the “usual” textbooks don’t touch.
The past few months have also brought me to conferences in Virginia, Florida, British Columbia, and right here in California. There’s a full list of my past and future workshops and speaking events here, and now that the book is done, I hope to be giving quite a bit more workshops around the country, including “train the trainer” type workshops for organizations and people who work with food entrepreneurs, from funders to financiers to business networks to USDA field offices and beyond. If you organize or attend conferences that would benefit from a workshop on financing food businesses, please let me know so I can be a part of it!

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.