Interviews

Creating a Data Democracy in Agricultural Research

Could making agricultural data open and accessible to everyone open the door to greater impact and better food system solutions?

2018 NYC Food Tank Summit: Fireside Chat with Tim Ma and Gabriele Corcos

“This is a land where there are too many calories that are available,” says Corcos, noting that 24-hour grocery stores and other conveniences overwhelm people to the point of wasting.

2018 NYC Food Tank Summit: Improving Food Recovery Panel

“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.”

2018 NYC Food Tank Summit: Fireside Chat with Marion Nestle

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.

2018 NYC Food Tank Summit: Solving On-Farm Food Loss

“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.”

2018 NYC Food Tank Summit: Restaurants and Companies Fighting Food Waste

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.

2018 NYC Food Tank Summit: Fireside Chat with Roy Steiner and Rhea Suh

“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. 

2018 NYC Food Tank Summit: Fireside Chat with Dan Barber

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.

Bridging the Information Gap in Cocoa Production

Dr. Christian Andres discusses how information delivery can be optimized for smallholder farmers.

Treasure8 Aims to “Evolve” the Food System by Repurposing Food Waste

Based on Treasure Island in San Francisco, Treasure8 begins with leftover or ugly fruits and vegetables from farmers’ fields and unwanted produce from food processing facilities. “We can take these very large waste streams and we can upcycle them into safe, tasty, healthy products and ingredients that can work at large scale distribution.” Childs says.