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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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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Q & A with Sheila Bowman of Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

The James Beard Foundation interviews Sheila Bowman of Seafood Watch

 

A leader in setting guidelines for sustainable fishing and consumption practices, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and its Seafood Watch program are crucial players in the fight for ocean conservation. Sheila Bowman, the organization’s manager of culinary and strategic initiatives, will join us at our third annual food conference next week. We talked to her about her work, Seafood Watch’s handy app for consumers, and the species of fish that gives her hope. 

 

JBF: What is your role at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch?

 

SB: I work with our culinary audiences: chefs at all levels of the industry, plus food media. I help these people understand the importance of sustainable seafood and how... Read more >

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Q & A with Environmentalist Simran Sethi

 

Simran Sethi wants to get personal about climate change. Dubbed the “the environmental messenger” by Vanity Fair, the journalist and educator believes that storytelling plays a crucial role in raising awareness and inspiring action. (She recently gave a TED talk called, How and Why Do We Engage?) In anticipation of her appearance at our annual food conference next week, we got in touch to learn more about her work.

 

JBF: You Twitter bio says that you tell stories and support storytellers. How does this fit into your work as an environmentalist?

 

SS: The core of my work was always journalism, so I’m in the habit engaging people and learning their stories. I’ve found that when someone shares their story, that’s what gets other people—even people who think they have very little... Read more >

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Talking Trust and Sustainability in New Orleans

 

In preparation for our 2012 JBF Food Conference, A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust, we're holding regional salons around the country to discuss the notion of trust in our food system. Our conference season officially kicked off this spring in Charleston, and then moved to New Orleans this summer, where we met with a diverse group of 18 insightful chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, educators, and other members of the local food community at Palace Café. We chatted with JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis (who facilitates the salons along with food system consultant Karen Karp of Karp Resources) and he filled us in on the conversation.

 

JBF: Can you tell us a bit about why... Read more >

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JBF Food Conference to Examine “Trust” in America’s Food System

 

The James Beard Foundation will host the third annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference—“A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust”—at Hearst Tower in New York City on October 17 and 18. Co-hosted by Good Housekeeping, the Conference will bring together a diverse group of thought-leaders and stakeholders in the food system for a unique conversation about how consumers and companies establish and maintain trust, ways trust is broken and repaired, andtrustworthy solutions for the future of our food system.

 

For more details, including a list of topics and scheduled speakers, read the full press release.

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Talking Sustainability and Scale in Charleston

 
 

In preparation for our 2012 JBF Food Conference, A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust, we're holding regional salons around the country to discuss the concept of trust in our food system. Our conference season officially kicked off on April 10 in Charleston, South Carolina, where we met with a diverse group of 18 insightful chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, educators, and other members of the Charleston food community. The participants were asked to consider the notion of trust through a variety of lenses—science, scale, and place. Last week, we shared the feedback on the concept of place, and yesterday, we shared the group's insights on science. Next up, we’d like to share what everyone had to say about the context of scale as... Read more >

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Talking Sustainability and Science in Charleston

 

Last week, we filled you in on our recent regional salon, held in preparation for our 2012 JBF Food Conference: A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust. The salon drew a diverse group of 18 insightful chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, educators, and other members of the Charleston food community who shared their opinions on what’s happening in today’s food system. The participants were asked to consider trust through a variety of lenses, and yesterday’s post was devoted to the notion of “place.” Next up, we’d like to share what everyone had to say about the context of science as it relates to trust in our food system:

 

Science had both positive and negative connotations for our participants. According to... Read more >

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Talking Sustainability and Community in Charleston

 

The JBF Food Conference season kicked off last week with our first regional “salon” held in Charleston, South Carolina, at the beautiful and historic McCrady’s Restaurant. Conceived as a way to engage food system stakeholders from around the country and to gather input on the themes for our annual conference, our salons spark fascinating discussions on the critical topics we face. The theme of this year’s conference (click here to learn more) is: A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust.

 

Facilitated by JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis and food system consultant Karen Karp of Karp Resources, a diverse group of 18 insightful chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, educators, and... Read more >

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