Helping Ourselves, Helping Others: Personal and Collective Responsibility at the JBF Food Conference

 

It was clear from the speakers and panels of this year’s JBF Food Conference that for problems related to food and health, this is no one simple solution. In this panel, JBF Award-winning journalist Michael Pollan and executive director of Let’s Move! Sam Kass share their at times opposing views of the future of the American diet, and how responsibility breaks down along individual, federal, and corporate lines. As with many of the Conference's participants, they may disagree on how to enact change, but the need for reform is undeniable.

 

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Allies for Health with Dr. Tim Harlan and Seamus Mullen at JBF Food Conference

 

A recurring thread at this year’s JBF Food Conference was the need to make the knowledge we have about health more accessible to the average consumer. As keynote speaker Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel pointed out, a big piece of this change must come from better educating physicians about nutrition. In this panel, Dr. Tim Harlan of Tulane University School of Medicine and JBF Award–nominated chef Seamus Mullen describe the vast potential of partnerships between doctors and chefs, and share through personal experience the incredible transformative power of healthy eating habits.

 

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Eating Ourselves Sick with Mark Bittman and Mitchell Davis at the JBF Food Conference

 

One of this year’s JBF Leadership Award honorees, author and journalist Mark Bittman has made it his mission to help individuals navigate the murky waters of healthy cooking and eating. At the end of our first day at the JBF Food Conference, Bittman and JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis sat down for a frank discussion of processed food, antibiotics, and the first steps the average person can take to improve his or her health through diet.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here

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Taming Sugar: Solutions and Challenges at the JBF Food Conference

 

The undeniable impact of sugar on the American diet was a prominent part of the discussion during Day One of our recent JBF Food Conference. This video features some of the leading voices in the campaign to combat sugar, from Laurie David, producer of the recent hit documentary Fed Up, to Dr. Robert Lustig, the “anti-sugar guy,” to individuals on the front lines like chef Cindy Gershen and JBF Award-winning pastry chef Emily Lucchetti. Watch this panel for their strategies on tackling our nation’s sweet tooth.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here.

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JBF Food Conference Day Two: Top 13 Quotes of the Day

 

The second day of the 2014 JBF Food Conference kicked off with a spirited discussion between Michael Pollan and Sam Kass, after which participants heard about innovative design, policy, and medical collaborations that harness the powerful relationship between food and health. Here are some of the most interesting things to come out of the conversation:

 

1) “How do you bring about change? Anyone who knows me knows that I think that lecturing people is not the answer.” – Jane Black, Journalist

 

2) “I don’t think it’s at all possible to make the change that we’re seeking without engaging... Read more >

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JBF Food Conference Day One: The 16 Most Memorable Things We Heard Today

Mitchell Davis and Mark Bittman

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place today and tomorrow in New York City, explores the intersection of food and health—the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today. We got off to an incredible start today with presentations and discussions about the relationship between food and health marked by thoughtful, impassioned insights and, at times, healthy debate.

 

Here are 16 of the most memorable things we heard today:

 

1) “Food and nutrition is fundamentally a public health problem and are not best dealt with in the physician’s office.” – Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at University of Pennsylvania

 

2) “Healthwise, the gap... Read more >

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Watch Live: The 2014 JBF Food Conference

The 2014 JBF Food Conference

 

Our fifth annual JBF Food Conference starts today! This year's theme is "Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?" Starting at 9:00 A.M. EST, we'll be streaming all of our speakers and panelists live all day, so please join us and watch at jbffoodconference.org. We've got Laurie David, Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, and many more compelling thinkers and leaders in our two-day lineup. 

 

You can find more information and see the full agenda here. An archive of all talks... Read more >

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The Power of Food: Belief vs. Reality

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today.

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we’ve been talking about health all month here on the JBF blog. Below, Miriam Arond, director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, offers some insights based on the Institute’s research on Americans’ eating habits. Arond will also speak during the first day of the JBF Food Conference. Watch a live broadcast at jbffoodconference.org.

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Rebuilding the American Table with Phil Jones and Jane Black at the JBF Food Conference

 

One of the most compelling conversations at our recent JBF Food Conference was "Rebuilding the American Table: Bridging the Good Food, Fair Food, and Hunger Movements" with journalist Jane Black and chef Phil Jones. Also the general manager of COLORS Detroit, Jones works to provide job training to unemployed community residents to equip them with the life skills and work experience they need to pursue careers in the hospitality and food service industry. Watch the video above to learn more.

 

Video footage of all our 2013 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here.

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Cultural Cravings with Adam Gopnik and Robert Valgenti at the JBF Food Conference

 

Our appetites consume us. Appetite has been the driving force for human culture, especially when it comes to food. Appetite fuels ambition. Appetite drives our economy. Appetite is life. At our recent JBF Food Conference, our executive vice president Mitchell Davis moderated a lively conversation about cultural cravings with author and New Yorker journalist Adam Gopnik and philosophy professor Robert Valgenti. Watch the video of the discussion above.

 

Video footage of all our 2013 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here.

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