Food Heroes

Free, Sustainable School Lunch for All, a Pledge from Alice Waters

Alice Waters is advocating for a ‘‘free, sustainable school lunch for all students.’ Despite advances in school food, there remains a stigma around school lunch. Waters believes this can change through better food education and stronger procurement policies.

Creating a Common Language to Solve Hidden Costs of Food System

Dr. Jes Weiglet, shares his thoughts on the role of the TEEBAgriFood framework in the creation of a common language in the agriculture system. He shows the hidden health care and environmental costs of cheap food, and how a collaborative effort can help realize the true cost of cheap food.

On Rise and Root Farm, “We’re Rooted Into Food and Social Justice”

Karen Washington wants people to imagine a new face for American farmers: the workers on farms who produce the world’s food yet often face discrimination and food insecurity.

“Doing It Better” Is a Brennan Tradition in New Orleans

Food Tank’s first podcast features Dickie Brennan, a world-famous restaurateur, and his unique story combining traditional and modern techniques for elevating Creole food in New Orleans.

Building a Big Data Platform for Agriculture

The tools of Big Data hold a lot of promise for many industries including agriculture. But the expertise required to build a data management platform are still emerging. Dr. Medha Devare is an agronomist and data architect who is helping to lead the new CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture.

Helianti Hilman Brings an Entrepreneurial Vision to Traditional Indonesian Farming

Working with more than 50,000 farmers and 2,000 food artisans, Helianti Hilman, Founder and CEO of Javara Indigenous Indonesia, shares how her social enterprise empowers farmers and promotes indigenous, biodiverse food.

Sustainable Gardening Benefits Environment, Gardeners, and Consumers: Interview with Shane Tippett

A creative partnership between Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and Kroger brings sustainable, organic gardening methods and hunger relief to a community in need.

This is the Story of a Soap Company that is Changing the World

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap is creating new markets for Fair Trade Organic products, and practicing dynamic agroforestry.

Decoding Agriculture: Creating the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture

The launch of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is an important milestone for the project of achieving global food security. Brian King, the Coordinator for the Platform, and Andy Jarvis, one of the founders of the Platform, discuss the ideas behind this initiative and their vision for the future of research in agricultural development.

A New Breed of Plant-Based Protein Aims to Compete on Meat-Centric Menus

The Beyond Burger, a new plant-based burger, has won fans from both vegetarian and vegan eaters as well as traditional meat eaters.
At the Butchers Club in Hong Kong, this new trend suggests a growing market for plant-based protein on traditionally meat-centric menus.