Tag Archives: TEDxManhattan 2014

Matthew Moore in Zester Daily

Matthew moore

Matthew Moore

Artist and farmer Matthew Moore’s work is inspired by “the increasing disconnect between consumers and the source of their food.”  He spoke at TEDxManhattan 2104 about why this matters, and how art can make a difference.  Read about his work in a recent Zester Daily article.

NY Times Covers Bitty Foods & TEDxManhattan

Megan Miller’s 2014 TEDxManhattan talk, “Are insects the future of food?” led to lots of media coverage of edible insects – and an investment in her company, Bitty Foods.  The New York Times reports that, “after giving a presentation at the TEDxManhattan conference, [Megan] got the attention of the Florence Group, a business that the celebrity chef Tyler Florence helped found.”  The Florence Group subsequently became an equity investor in Bitty Foods.  Congratulations to Megan and her team!

Zester Daily Reports on Megan Miller & Bitty Foods

Megan MillerAre crickets the future of food? Read Zester Daily’s article on 2014 TEDxManhattan speaker Megan Miller and her company, Bitty Foods.

Offstage at TEDxManhattan: Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), spoke at TEDxManhattan 2014 about conditions for restaurant workers.  She was interviewed backstage about what diners can do to help.

Offstage at TEDxManhattan: Lance Price

Lance Price, a Professor at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, spoke backstage at TEDxManhattan about how consumers can fight back against the overuse of antibiotics in meat production.  See his brief interview, or watch his full talk, “Factory Farms, Antibiotics & Superbugs.” 

Green Bronx Machine Founder Steve Ritz on His Award-Winning Video

Steve Ritz at TEDxManhattan 2014.

Steve Ritz at TEDxManhattan 2014.

Like thousands of others, filmmaker Brendan van Meter first encountered Stephen Ritz at the 2012 TEDxManhattan conference. Stephen, the founder of Green Bronx Machine, gave a talk introducing viewers to his organization, which uses farming to get high school students in the Bronx more engaged in school, while also teaching them about healthy eating and growing enough food to feed not just the kids but the surrounding community. The organization proves that, as Stephen says, “It is easier to raise healthy children than fix broken men.” His TEDxManhattan talk, filmed by Brendan in his role as TEDxManhattan’s Director of Video Production, has been watched more than 100,000 times online.

Brendan, President of Beaconhouse Media, and Stephen have since collaborated on a short video about Green Bronx Machine that won the People’s Choice Award in the 2014 Real Food Media Contest, as well as being named first runner-up. In the video, Stephen’s students talk about the impact of Green Bronx Machine on their lives. In the words of one, “This program changed the way I thought about going to school because I had actually something to look forward to.” Stephen and Brendan discuss the video in a recent interview on the Real Food Media Contest website.

Stephen also gave an update on his work at TEDxManhattan 2014, where he exhibited the tower gardens used by Green Bronx Machine, which allow produce to be easily grown indoors.

Watch Brendan & Stephen’s award-winning video to learn more about this “new Bronx story.” You can get more information, and learn how to get involved, at greenbronxmachine.com. For more about Beaconhouse Media, see beaconhousemedia.com.