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"I'm fascinated by anyone in our industry who is working to make better food - by which I mean more carefully sourced and lovingly prepared - more accessible to more people, by making it quicker, less expensive, and available in more than one location." Meet Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, whose TED talk will focus on sustainable food in restaurants of all kinds.
"When women have the right resources and tools, they have extraordinary potential. Investing in women farmers brings unique multiplier effects." Meet Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank and one of this year's TEDxManhattan speakers, whose talk will focus on women farmers in the developing world.
Hip hop and food issues are intertwined. Big food corporations like McDonald's use hip hop to sell burgers and fries, but food justice activist, international recording artist and one of this year's TEDxManhattan speakers DJ Cavem wants to flip the coin. He wants to see hip hop used to promote health and fresh food access.
"The farmer and farm worker, in their wholeness as human beings, must also be part of our compassionate plan to make food systems more sustainable." Meet Nikiko Masumoto, a farmer and artist who will speak about the human side of agriculture at TEDxManhattan 2015.
Leading up to TEDxManhattan 2015, we've asked this year's speakers to introduce themselves by answering a few questions. Our first guest is Joel Berg, Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, who will speak about the true challenges in the fight against hunger.
Here, Sherri Brooks Vinton dishes up recipes and tips on how to use up every bit of tasty food we buy and prepare. You too can turn leftover mashed potatoes into sexy samosas, and Sherri's recipe for potato peel chips will convince you to never throw out another nutritious skin.
Pork production in China is growing fast, shifting to US-style industrial operations, with thousands of pigs raised on a diet of commercial feed and drugs. In recent years, researchers and activists in and out of China have analyzed this on paper, but "What's for Dinner?" shows us the process firsthand.
How do officers of publicly traded pharmaceutical companies reconcile protecting vital antibiotic drugs with their corporate responsibility to boost market share and profitability? Andrew Gunther of Animal Welfare Approved says they don't, and the current federal-industry pact won't stop the ongoing abuse of antibiotics in farming.
"Our mission is to raise the healthiest animals possible in the most humane way, and to leave this land better than we found it," Dede Boies explains. Today, she and David Evershed do just that as they raise AWA-certified meat chickens in 200-bird flocks for marketing within the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast region.
As California suffers through a record drought, water is being rationed and its usually fertile agriculture industry is suffering. Yet Mother Jones reported this week that at least four major companies--Aquafina, Dasani, Crystal Geyser and Arrowhead--use precious water from California for their bottled water.
Los de Mora Local Growers' Cooperative, a producer group of 35 family farms and ranches in the Mora, NM area, has voted to require all livestock producer-members to become Animal Welfare Approved, which ensures animals are raised in accordance with the highest welfare standards in the US.
Windy N Ranch has become the first Animal Welfare Approved farm in the U.S. to receive approval for eight farmed species, including meat chickens and laying hens, laying ducks, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and turkeys. They continue to add livestock species to advance their vision of making the ranch a "one-stop operation."
While access to fresh, healthy food is important to changing dietary trends, it's only one piece of the puzzle. A new project in South Los Angeles has set out to prove that another piece of the puzzle -- educating people how to cook whole foods -- can work wonders.
California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.
The "natural" label claim epitomizes everything that's wrong with our food labeling laws - now a new report by Consumer Reports is calling on the USDA and FDA to kill off one of the most misleading - and downright contemptible - claims you'll find on food packaging today.
Growing Cities is documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power urban farms have to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. Filmmaker Dan Susman believes in a food system that incorporates urban agriculture across the country.