Marion Nestle sits down with Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg to talk food activism and how every eater can start local to help build a better food system by voting with their dollars.
On Food Talk, Justin Whitmore of Tyson Foods talks about the company’s ambitious goals for a sustainable, making a better food system for both people and the planet.
“We need new generations to help create solutions to issues we’ve created in the past. We need more than economic return,” says Flor. “We need to care about nutrition, environment, biodiversity. It will require a different food system altogether.”
“If the associations are registered and the farmers have collective rights to some land, maybe the land grabbing can stop,” Zunguze told me. Association leaders planned to visit neighboring National Farmers Union cooperatives to learn how agro-ecology could help them grow more food for their families and communities.
There is a consensus between the panelists that education is key. “We need to educate the kitchen staff to be creative and be able to use waste to create new dishes,” says Dadisi Olutosin, Co-Founder and Chief Culinary Officer of Plated Food Groupe.
Dutch startup Mosa Meat secured US$8.8 million funding to mass-produce slaughter-free meat by 2021. The startup produced the world’s first hamburger in 2013 made by growing cow cells in a laboratory instead of slaughtering an animal.
“It can take 10 years to get maize to give you a 15-percent increase in productivity,” says Steiner, who previously worked in plant breeding. “And in one year you can get a 15-percent reduction in loss,” by implementing food loss mitigation strategies.
The control over food often signifies power over others. While women make up the majority of the agricultural labor force worldwide, they retain little control over their lives. With more resources, female farmers have the potential to regain this control while bringing millions out of hunger.
Rather than focus on features like storage and uniformity, by breeding for flavor and nutrition—as well as for specific farming regions—we can grow better food and build a better food system, says Barber.