Elena Seeley
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Elena Seeley is Food Tank’s Content Director. She earned a BA in Biology from Grinnell College and an MA in Food Studies from New York University, where she focused on food policy and food-based social movements. Elena has worked with food justice nonprofit organizations, including WhyHunger and The People’s Seed, and is passionate about promoting stories to help build a more equitable and sustainable food system.

“We’ve Broken the System Because We Don’t Ask Very Basic Questions About Where Things Come From,” Niyanta Spelman Says

Panelists call on consumers to ask the right questions about where their food comes from and the impact of agricultural practices on future generations.

“Whether You Produce Food or Not, Food Waste Is Still Your Problem,” Says Niyeti Shah

At the Future of Food @ SXSW, panelists discussed the different types of innovation required to end food waste.

Andrew Zimmern: “I Don’t Understand How Any Politician Can Be Against Feeding Hungry Children”

At the Future of Food @ SXSW Andrew Zimmern discusses the future of the restaurant industry, the need for greater collaboration, and why the best metaphor for the food system is a Mobius strip.

“Companies Have an Essential Role to Play, but Every Lever Has to Be Moving,” Julie Kunen Says

“The market moves things,” says Julie Kunen, and leveraging its potential has the power drive change in the food system. But the private sector can’t do it alone.

“We Have to Organize and There’s Really No Shortcut to That,” Says Jim Hightower

“Whatever talent you have, put that to work,” says Jim Hightower while discussing organizing for a better food system and combating corporate consolidation.

“Resilience Is Rebuilding These Local Communities and Relocalizing Food,” Says Jacob Pechenik

Jacob Pechenik discusses community resilience, finding optimism in gardening, and ensuring that all kids are exposed to growing their own food.

“More Data, Better Transparency Means Less Waste,” Vishaal Bhuyan Says

At the Future of Food @ SXSW Vishaal Bhuyan explains how Aanika Biosciences is working to use microbial tags to improve traceability and transparency in the food system.

“We Have to Move Away From this Notion that Agriculture Is Unskilled Labor,” Says Jenet DeCosta

During a conversation about farm workers and immigration policy, speakers emphasize that “we can’t forget the individuals that provide us with our food.”

“Stand in Your Authority. And the Only Way You Can Do That Is to Know What You Know,” Says Toni Tipton-Martin

Toni Tipton-Martin discusses the contributions of historical Black culinary professionals, her latest cookbook, and importance of rigor and discipline to becoming who you are.

“Without the Farm Worker This Business Doesn’t Get to Exist,” Says Soren Bjorn

Following a watch party for the “The Last Harvest” at SXSW, speakers discussed immigration policy, the essential status of farm workers, and the intersection of food and technology.

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