Michael Peñuelas

Research & Writing Fellow

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Michael is a Research & Writing Fellow with Food Tank, as well as a farm hand, scholar, and community organizer based in northwest Washington State. Michael graduated in 2017 with a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management from the Stanford University School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences. He also holds a B.S. from the same program with concentrations in food systems and in conservation ecology. Get in touch at michael(at)foodtank(dot)com, find out more about his work at www.michaelpenuelas.com, or follow him @mmpenuelas. He was born and raised on Duwamish land.

Global Obesity Epidemic to Cost US$1.2 Trillion Annually by 2025

The annual cost of treating the negative health impacts of obesity is projected to top US$1.2 trillion globally by 2025, according to new estimates that the World Obesity Federation (WOF) released ahead of October 11, which was World Obesity Day.

Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Recognizes International Successes

More than 400 mayors, city officials, and experts convened in Valencia, Spain from October 19 to 21, 2017 for the Third Annual Gathering of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP). Delegates from the 159 signatory cities engaged in debates, forums, and panels to exchange ideas and solutions to food-related issues relevant to urban environments.

Total Health Costs of Industrial Food Systems Are “Staggering,” Says New Report

An international team of experts has released a report documenting the “staggering” health costs of industrial food systems globally and the extent to which negative health impacts are experienced unequally.

Food Loves Tech Conference Will Explore Food’s Not-Too-Distant Future

Innovators and enthusiasts will explore food’s not-too-distant future at Food Loves Tech, an “education-by-entertainment” expo in Brooklyn, New York, on November 3 and 4.

Celebrity Chef Jose Andrés Is Feeding More Than 5,000 Victims of Hurricane Maria

Celebrity chef Jose Andrés and the team of the World Central Kitchen are working alongside local Puerto Rican chefs to feed more than 5,000 Puerto Ricans per day in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Researchers Build Interactive Toolkits to Teach About Pesticides

A team of researchers with the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) has created a series of interactive educational tools to explore the histories of widely-used pesticides, including glyphosate, dicamba, and 2,4-D.

New Orleans Chefs to Step into the Shoes of School Lunch Service Professionals

On September 29, 2017, the Chef Ann Foundation is bringing a Celebrity Chef Edition of The Real School Food Challenge to New Orleans. The organizers will be challenging a group of New Orleans’ most prominent chefs to create healthy school lunch recipes for just US$1.25 per meal.

Uniting Chefs, Eaters, and Plant Breeders: The 2017 Variety Showcase

The Culinary Breeding Network will bring together 500 chefs, plant breeders, and others in Portland, OR in October to share, discover, and taste new vegetables and grain cultivars that make for culinary excellence

Joshua Svaty Could Become the Only Sitting Farmer-Governor of a U.S. State.

Joshua Svaty is running in Kansas to become only sitting governor-farmer of a U.S. state.

Coaching a Deeper Bench of Food Policy Leaders at GWU

The Food Policy Leadership Institute at the George Washington University will welcome its first class of new food policy leaders in September 2017.