Save the Date: 2012 JBF Food Conference and Leadership Awards

The James Beard Foundation Food Conference

 

On October 17 and 18, 2012, please join us for our annual JBF Food Conference and Leadership Awards at the Hearst Tower in New York City. To receive updates and registration information, please send us a note at: foodconference@jamesbeard.org.

 

JBF Food Conference:
Topic: A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust
October 17 and 18, 2012
 

As we converse about our food system, an underlying theme of trust emerges. So much effort on a global scale goes into ensuring that healthy, wholesome, and nutritious food gets to as many people as possible, but all it takes is an E. Coli outbreak or an environmental accident to chip away at consumer faith. What’s more, where people place their trust—in large corporations, in small, local producers, in third-party certification, in government regulation, in scientific research—is... Read more >

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Voting with Your Forks: How We Can All Have a Positive Impact on our Food System



Insufficient access to fresh food. Childhood obesity. Eroded soil. Many of us know that our food system is rife with problems, but aren’t sure how we, as food shoppers, cooks, and eaters, can bring about change.

The key, according to Karen Karp, president of NYC food business consultancy Karp Resources and a partner in planning the recent JBF Food Conference, is to focus on making progress—and remember that we won’t solve these big problems all at once. “Sustainability is a journey, not a destination,” says Karp. “That kind of thinking can really instigate some change.”

Our 2011 Leadership Award recipients and members of our advisory board agree that there is a lot we can all do. Here are their suggestions.

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“Cook. If you don’t cook your food it invariably gets cooked for you. It gets processed and it gets manipulated. And when that happens you eat less nutritiously. And the environment suffers. And

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2011 JBF Leadership Awards Video

We'll be recapping last night's 2011 JBF Leadership Awards soon, as well as sharing images from the ceremony that honored the recipients who are working hard for a more safe, sustainable, and healthful food world. For now, have a look at the video below that opened the program. (And for even more sustainability-focused discussion, tune into the second day of our food conference. You can watch a live stream of today's panel's and presentations here.

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The 2011 JBF Food Conference—Live!

JBF Food Conference

Our 2011 JBF Food Conference, Sustainability on the Table: How Money and Media Influence the Way America Eats, is finally upon us! You can participate in the action here on our live site, where you can watch the conference in real time and join the discussion in the comments section of our blog. Our exciting group of guest speakers and panelists include: Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University; sustainable seafood expert Paul Greenberg; James Beard Foundation Award–winning chefs José Andrés, Marcus Samuelsson, and Michel Nischan; JBF Award winner Barry Estabrook, author of Tomatoland; and Stephan Habif, vice president of foods R&D at Unilever. These esteemed speakers and panelists will address topics relating to how money, incentives, and industry concentration

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Announcing the JBF Leadership Awards

James Beard Foundation Leadership AwardsThe James Beard Foundation is widely known for honoring America's preeminent chefs and restaurateurs, and we've now expanded our reach to recognize the country's pioneers in the business, government, and education sectors who are working to change our country's food system. With our inaugural James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards on October 12, 2011, we will honor ten visionaries who are working tirelessly to create a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world. Read our press release to learn more about the upcoming awards and the incredible recipients—including First Lady Michelle Obama.

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