Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Announcement: Manhattan event "Changing the Way We Eat"

February 12 

The one-day event will highlight several aspects of the sustainable food movement and the work being done to shift our food system from industrially-based agriculture to one in which healthy, nutritious food is accessible to all.

Speakers with various backgrounds in food and farming will share their insights and expertise. Relevant clips from the TED conference will be shown. And, hopefully, we'll have a few surprises during the day.  A highlight of all TED and TEDx events is the ample time given for attendees to meet each other and look for new synergies and new ideas to help bolster the sustainable food movement.

The TEDx process is a little unique in that the audience is oftentimes hand selected, just as the speakers are. With TEDxManhattan, we will be looking for individuals with different backgrounds in the food and farming movement, including farmers, chefs, researchers, academics, activists, artists/creatives, health professionals, educational professionals, foodies and TEDsters. This is being done in an effort to bring different groups of people working on the same issue together to learn what each other are doing and to help create new partnerships and collaborations.
A few speakers:
Brian Halweil,
 Worldwatch Institute Senior Fellow and co-project director of Nourishing the Planet
Michael Conard, Assistant Director at the Urban Design Lab and Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University
Lucas Knowles, Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Coordinator for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA
and others.

Note that you must apply and be accepted to attend, for reasons of space and diversity of audience.

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