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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Cooking Up Change: How Chefs Are Making a Difference in Our Food System

Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

“Why did you want to be a chef?” When you’re a chef, you’re asked this question a lot. When I started cooking 24 years ago, my response was usually that I loved any and all of the following: being creative, making people happy with delicious food, working in the fast pace and controlled chaos of the professional kitchen, learning about and honoring other cultures through cuisine, playing with sharp, hot things, and that when you work in a kitchen, you never ever have to grow up.

 

While my love of knives and good food hasn’t lessened, in the years since I have deepened my relationship with food and my list has grown longer and more meaningful. For instance, I would add that as a chef I own my own restaurant because I want to know that every penny spent by my business goes toward supporting other businesses that are ethical and sustainable, I want to educate people on the pleasure and importance of eating seasonal, local, organic... Read more >

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Q & A with Food Journalist Fred Kaufman

Fred Kaufman, author of Bet the Farm, is a panelist at the 2012 JBF Food Conference

 

Visit Fred Kaufman’s website and you’ll find one sentence in the top-right corner: “the food journalist who went looking for a slice of pizza and ended up on Wall Street.” Dig deep into his reporting and you’ll find that Kaufman has exposed unsettling ties between the worlds of food and finance, which he also details in his latest book, Bet the Farm. Before he joins us as one of our moderators at the JBF Food Conference, read on to get a preview of his conference discussion and the revelations in his book.

 

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In Food We Trust. Or Do We?

Mitchell Davis on the 2012 JBF Food Conference

 

You are a conscientious shopper. You stop by the greenmarket when you can or visit Whole Foods on your way home from work. You read labels and count grams of fat. When the price doesn’t seem too out of line, you reach for organic. But do you ever question why you eat the way you do? How you’ve come to believe that some things are better or worse for you than others? For your children? For the planet?

 

Simply put, we trust that the food that is available to us in grocery stores, in restaurants, in schools, and at home is safe, wholesome, and nutritious. Some research suggests the food industry is the most trusted industry among consumers. And that’s the way it should be.

 

But an occasional outbreak of food-borne illness, an unproven nutrition claim, or an environmental incident can force us to question some things we’ve come to take for granted. What’s more, we are bombarded with information we may not even understand, let alone care about... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry (photo by Pam Spaulding)

 

The 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards are just one day away! In our final countdown to tomorrow's festivities, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. We've already filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Dr. Jason Clay, Tensie Whelan, and Malik Yakini—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Wendell Berry
Farmer, Poet, and... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Malik Yakini

Malik Yakini

 

In our final countdown to Wednesday's 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. We've already filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Dr. Jason Clay, and Tensie Whelan—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Malik Yakini
Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

 

When Malik Yakini describes the bumper crop of organic tomatoes, kale, and salad greens that he... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Tensie Whelan

Tensie Whelan

 

Our 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards are less than one week away! Leading up to the big event, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. We've already filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan and Dr. Jason Clay—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Tensie Whelan
President, Rainforest Alliance

 

As president of Rainforest Alliance, Tensie Whelan wears many hats: she works closely with the heads of some of the world’s biggest food companies to encourage them to shift to more sustainable, eco-friendly... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Dr. Jason Clay

Dr. Jason Clay

 

Our 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards will be held at New York City's iconic Hearst Tower one week from tomorrow! As promised, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. Last week we filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan's inspiring work—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Dr. Jason W. Clay
Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

 

How much water does it take to make one latte? A WWF short social-media video, conceived by Jason Clay, poses this trick question. The disturbing... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Dr. Kathleen Merrigan

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan

 

Our 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards are just around the corner! On October 17 we’ll gather at New York City’s iconic Hearst Tower to recognize these five visionaries for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world:

 

Wendell Berry
Farmer, Poet, and Author, Lanes Landing Farm

 

Dr. Jason Clay
Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund

 

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Tensie Whelan
President, Rainforest Alliance... Read more >

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