Watch Patent Attorney Dan Ravicher Speak at the JBF Food Conference

Last year Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), a not-for-profit legal services organization, filed suit on behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses, and organic agricultural organizations against Monsanto Company, challenging the corporation's patents on genetically modified seed. (Since the initial filing, the number of plaintiffs has risen to 83.) Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT's executive director and counsel to the plaintiffs in the case, which is now known as Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association, et al. v. Monsanto, spoke at our food conference last week. Watch:


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JBF Leadership Award Winner Jason Clay


Last week was a big week: we held our second annual JBF Leadership Awards and our third annual JBF Food Conference. The 2012 JBF Leadership Awards honored five visionaries for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world—and we were fortunate to have each winner participate in our conference. It was an inspiring and thought-provoking two days, and we'd like to share some of the action with you. Over the next several days, we'll share videos of all the JBF Leadership Award winners making their acceptance speeches, as well as their contributions to the conference.


First up: Dr. Jason Clay (Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund), whose acceptance speech—and introduction by JBF Award Winner John Besh—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find his conversation with journalist Frederick Kaufman, "Food and Technology, or That Organic, Free-Range Chicken Was... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Calling All Entries!

The James Beard Awards silver medallion


Given that our Twitter feed last week was dominated by happenings at our food conference, this speck of Awards news may have fallen through the cracks: JBF is now accepting entries for the 2013 James Beard Awards!


Entries for Book; Broadcast and New Media; Journalism; and Restaurant Design nominations can be submitted here. Entries for Restaurant and Chef nominations have a separate portal, which is here. Please note that you may submit two entries for each subcategory of the Restaurant and Chef Awards.


In order to send us submissions, you must fill out a brief and simple (promise!) online registration form. Thanks for playing, and mark your calendars for... Read more >

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Got Trust? The Milk Panel at the JBF Food Conference


One of the most lively panels to take place at this week's conference explored one of the most elemental foods in the human diet: milk. You can watch author Anne Mendelson, New York State dairy farmer Audrey Donahoe, the National Dairy Council's Jim Mulhern, and moderator Urvashi Rangan discuss the history and industrialization of the beverage in the above video. The participants also took a number of questions from the audience; watch these exchanges below:



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On the Menu: Week of October 21

events at the James Beard House


Sweet and Savory Baker's Tea

Sunday, October 21, 4:00 P.M.

A taste of childhood is never far away at Flour Bakery + Cafe, where Joanne Chang and her team whip up batches of crowd-pleasing and nostalgic treats daily. Join us when this JBF nominee presents a spread of sweet and savory baked goods to enjoy with wine and Le Palais des Thés teas.


Friends of James Beard Benefit: Las Vegas

Sunday, October 21, 5:00 P.M.

Our exciting annual Sin City event brings together some of the area’s most talented chefs for an evening of modern, inspired, sophisticated, and luxurious high-voltage Vegas cuisine. This spectacular dinner benefits the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant and honors the late, great Jean-... Read more >

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Wendell Berry at the JBF Food Conference


Here's farmer, poet, and author Wendell Berry speaking at today's food conference, which examined the role of trust in our food system. In his talk, Berry, who was also honored at last night's JBF Leadership Awards, presents his vision for a 50-year Farm Bill.


We'll be posting more footage from the conference tomorrow. You can also see all of the archived videos here.

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Watch Marcus Samuelsson Speak at the JBF Food Conference


Just moments ago, JBF Award winner Marcus Samuelsson and journalist Jane Black finished a conversation called, "Trust, A Community Approach." You can watch the footage above, and if you visit our Livestream page, you'll find an archive of all of the panels and talks that have been held so far at this year's JBF Food Conference. Make sure you're following us on Twitter for the rest of the day and use #jbfleads to track the conversation.

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JBF Kitchen Cam