Entries in sustainable food (4)


Upcoming Event: The Sustainable Foods Summit

We're excited to announce that the 2011 Sustainable Foods Summit will be held this January 18th and 19th at the Ritz Carlton San Francisco. OrganicNation.tv is a proud media sponsor of the Summit and we plan to bring you the best moments via our filming, photography and live-tweeting of the events.

The Sustainable Foods Summit focuses on the leading issues the food industry faces and aims to explore new horizons in sustainability for eco-labels. Issues to be addressed include: How do organic, fair trade and other eco-labels contribute to sustainability? What role should they play in a food industry that is increasingly looking at the triple bottom line? Do they address the sustainability needs of consumers and food companies?

This special North American Summit will hone in on some of the major eco-labeling issues in the food industry, including offsetting carbon emissions, water footprints, buying local and biodiversity. For example, one session will be devoted to ethical sourcing and sustainable ingredients, assessing the ecological and social impacts of raw materials in the food industry. Another session called "The Organic Plus" will provide case studies of organic food companies who are going beyond organic agricultural practices and pioneering sustainability initiatives.

Like previous events organized by Organic Monitor, the Summit will bring together key stake-holders in the food industry and debate these major issues in a high-level forum.? We hope to see you there.

Twitter users: We will be using the hashtag #SFS2011 when tweeting about the Summit.


It's Time To "Face Your Food"! (Video)

Do you ever stop to think about where your food comes from? This World Food Day, FairFood International's new video campaign ‘Face Your Food’ brings together a global online community to fight for a more sustainable food industry.

Lobbying multinational companies to change their production and trade methods requires tremendous public support. This campaign invites people from across the world to film themselves while eating. The video is then automatically slowed down and played backwards. It's an engaging way to face the question: "Where does our food come from?" 

I think this is a great opportunity for folks in the U.S. to show their support not only for this organization, but for the concept of sustainable and fair trade food. I like how easy they make it to participate, you can simply use your computer's web cam to film yourself eating something and the site will turn it backwards and share it on Facebook with all the other entries.

Make your own video here, visit the 'Face Your Food' App on Facebook and be sure to share info on Twitter using the hashtag: #FaceYourFood.



Today in Organic: March 29, 2010

First Tomato Seedling of 2010 / Chiot's Run

  • Summer forecast: locusts. "Farmers and ranchers across the West are bracing for a grasshopper infestation that could devastate millions of acres of crops and land used for grazing," according to the Wall Street Journal
  • Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's new TV show, Food Revolution, is shining a bright light on the amount of junk food served in schools. Read about it at The Atlantic
  • "Organic groups say they're not surprised by a recent audit report that faults USDA for inadequate enforcement of organic food standards, but they lay the blame on the former administration," according to the Ag rag Capital Press. Organic watchdogs are reportedly optimistic that the Obama administration can clean up the mess.

Quote of the Day: Cooking for the President

“You look around our country and you see that we have a lot of major challenges, the origin of which is food,” said Mr. Kass. ... “It’s not a big step to think about a) What am I doing? How is that affecting this problem? How am I helping?"

- Sam Kass, the assistant White House chef and food initiative coordinator, who is profiled in the New York Times today.

As Times writer Rachel Swarns notes, "proponents of sustainable farming and locally grown, organic foods are cheering Mr. Kass on," because of his involvement in planting an organic vegetable garden at the White House. The Times profile explores Kass' relationship to the Obamas, which dates back two years before Obama won the presidential election, and his potential role in shaping food policy.

I've always appreciated what Kass is doing at the White House, but I didn't realize that our paths had come so close in Chicago. According to the article, Kass, who's just 28, was an undergrad at the University of Chicago at the same time that both Dorothee and I were, and he then went on to cook at one of my favorite Chicago restaurants, Avec. Here's hoping the next time we cross paths will be on the South Lawn of the White House.