The Consequences of Appetite with Raj Patel at the JBF Food Conference

 

On day two of our recent JBF Food Conference, activist and Stuffed and Starved author Raj Patel delivered a fascinating keynote address on the consequences of appetite (shown in the video above). Afterwards, he and Jeff Dunn, former Coca-Cola executive and current president and CEO of Bolthouse Farms, had a conversation entitled "Changing Courses: Satisfying our Appetites for Quick, Convenient and Cheap(er)." Watch the discussion below:

 

 

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The Hardscape of Appetite with Carolyn Steel at the JBF Food Conference

 

London-based author and architect Carolyn Steel, known for using food as a medium to "read" cities and understand how they work, joined us at our recent JBF Food Conference to talk about appetite and the underlying issues within our urban ecosystem. Watch the video above to see Carolyn's riveting presentation. Afterwards, she moderated a panel on building America's urban appetite with Krishnendu Ray of New York University's Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health; Lonni Tanner of New York City's Department of Design and Construction; and Karen Washington of Black Urban Growers. Watch the panel discussion below: 

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Q & A with Food Tank's Danielle Nierenberg

 

To kick off our series of interviews with featured speakers and panelists at this year's JBF Food Conference, we caught up with Food Tank co-founder Danielle Nierenberg. Food Tank is a remarkable grass roots organization that offers solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty by creating a network of connections and information for all of us to consume and share. Next month, Danielle will be sharing the stage with Harper's contributor and author Frederick Kaufman for a discussion entitled, "Global Appetites, Global Hunger."

 

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JBF: What do you believe are the pitfalls of “appetite”?

 

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JBF to Explore the "Paradox of Appetite" at its 2013 Food Conference

The 2013 James Beard Foundation Food Conference

 

The James Beard Foundation will hold the fourth annual JBF Food Conference at New York City's Convene Conference Center on October 21 and 22. 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 the idea of appetite and the conflicts it creates. Appetite fuels ambition, feeds our economy, and encapsulates life, but it also presents challenges, such as obesity and unsustainable business practices. Chef Art Smith, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Michael Moss, New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik, and many others are slated to participate.

 

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Watch Adam Gopnik Speak at the JBF Food Conference

The first day of last week's conference concluded with a brilliant synthesis from Adam Gopnik, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Table Comes First. Watch his presentation below:

 

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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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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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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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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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