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Expo Milano


As we've reported earlier, the James Beard Foundation is one of the organizations leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at next year's world expo in Milan, which, for the first time in world-fair history, will focus exclusively on food.


Even though Expo Milano won't begin until May, we've already got plenty to say about the event's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." In fact, we've created an Expo-related panel for consideration at next spring's South by Southwest Interactive, with our own executive vice president Mitchell Davis, Bolthouse Farms's Jeff Dunn, National Geographic's Kaitlin Yarnall, and GE's Linda Boff as speakers. In order to get our panel into one of the coveted programming slots in Austin next year,... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: August 8, 2014


Nitrogen fertilizer run-offs are responsible for contaminating large reservoirs, including Lake Erie, leading to toxic algae blooms and dangerous drinking water. [Civil Eats]


The USDA’s new poultry inspection system is complicated, controversial, and voluntary. [Food Politics]


Restaurants in the U.S. and U.K. are finding creative solutions to food waste. [Sustainable America]


A Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory in Holland is successfully using the waste products from manufacturing ice cream to make more ice cream. [... Read more >

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JBF Presents Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?



On October 27 and 28, the James Beard Foundation will host the fifth annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference at the Convene Conference Center (730 Third Avenue) in New York City. 


This year’s theme, Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?, will bring together thought leaders in agricultural technology, nutrition science, processing, manufacturing, policy, and public health to take a hard look at health and food, and what is and is not working to address the health impacts of the modern American diet. ​


The JBF Food Conference will also include the fourth annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, held at Hearst Tower and co-hosted by Good Housekeeping with support from the GRACE Communications Foundation

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Sustainability Matters: August 1, 2014


A French supermarket chain aims to cut food waste by making “ugly” fruits and vegetables fashionable—and it’s working. [Grist]


Representative Rosa DeLaura has introduced a sugar-sweetened beverages tax act, known as the SWEET Act, in an effort to decrease soda consumption and raise funds for programs to combat diet-related disease. [Food Politics]


General Mills has released a new set of climate policies to cut emissions and reduce deforestation. [Mother Jones]


2014 could be the driest year in almost a century for California. Some scientists believe the drought could last for a decade or more,... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Welcome to American Food 2.0



Already an unrivaled culinary destination, Italy will become an even greater attraction for food lovers starting in May of next year, when, for the first time in the history of world's fairs, Expo Milano 2015 will launch with the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” The James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center have partnered to form Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015, which will conceive, design, fundraise for, and produce the USA Pavilion and programs at Expo Milano 2015. For a preview of the pavilion and its theme, "American Food 2.0," check out the above video.


For more information about USA Pavilion, visit USAPavilion2015.net and follow @USAexpo2015 on Twitter. To learn more about Expo Milan, visit ... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: July 25, 2014


The latest trend in humane dairy production, slaughter-free milk, may be great for cows, but could take a toll on the environment. [Grist]


A growing number of large food companies are quietly removing GMOs from their ingredients lists. [NPR]


What animal product has the greatest environmental impact? A new study compares beef, dairy, pork, poultry and eggs. [Treehugger]


Photographer Henrik Spohler uses art to explore the disconnected relationship between people and modern industrial agriculture. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Remarks from Secretary of State John Kerry


Last week, at a groundbreaking ceremony at the U.S. Department of State, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks about the USA Pavilion at next year's Expo Milano. (The James Beard Foundation, along with the International Culinary Center, is producing the pavilion.) Kerry spoke about the history of innovation at world's fairs (electrical outlets, videoconferencing, and the ice cream cone all debuted at such expositions), and how the American pavilion will engage Expo Milan's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." Watch the full address below:




For more information about USA Pavilion, visit USAPavilion2015.net and follow @USAexpo2015 on Twitter. To learn more about Expo Milan, visit expo2015.org/en and... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: July 18, 2014


Detroit’s water crisis is a failure of policy and the side effect of an antiquated water system, an issue many major cities will face in the next decade. [Grist]


The expansion of African plantations responsible for palm oil production, which can be found in countless processed foods, is linked to deforestation that threatens great ape species in the region. [NPR]


A new study finds that some food packaging contains potentially dangerous chemicals that could contaminate food through migration. [Food Politics]


Laboratory-grown meat could help to fight climate change and other environmental issues,... Read more >

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USA Pavilion for Expo 2015 Breaks Ground in Milan

USA Pavilion for Expo 2015 Breaks Ground in Milan


Today, simultaneous receptions took place in Washington, D.C. and Milan to mark the groundbreaking of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milan, which will run from May 1 to October 31 next year. With more than 20 million people expected to visit the assemblage of 140-plus countries, Expo Milan will engage the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." It will be the world’s largest stage to foster dialogue, aggregate ideas, and showcase innovations in food, sustainability, science, industry, economics, entrepreneurship and other elements at the core of American culture.


Plans for the site include a large video installation, a vertical... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: July 11, 2014


A new comprehensive study finds that organic produce is significantly higher in antioxidants, and lower in toxic materials, than their conventional counterparts. Researchers say the additional antioxidants are nutritionally equivalent to eating an extra one to two portions of fruits and vegetables each day. [The Guardian]


From salmon to scallops: 10 things you didn’t know about the U.S. seafood market. [Civil Eats]


The Peanut Corporation of America insists the U.S. government dismiss its case against organization executives related to last year’s salmonella outbreak due to “egregious” requests for disclosure documents. [Food Politics]... Read more >

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