Daily Digest: February 27, 2014

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Think the big-name brands always outsell store brands? Think again. [WP]

 

Michelle Obama's initiative to curb childhood obesity to target junk-food marketing in schools. [WSJ]

 

New study shows that BPA, the chemical found in plastics that allegedly causes cancer, may actually be safe. [NPR]

 

In case you ever were ever torn between breakfast or lunch at Taco Bell, the chain's new the Waffle Taco hybrid is your solution. [... Read more >

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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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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:

 

 

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

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Q & A with Carolyn Steel, Author of Hungry City

Carolyn Steel is a 2013 JBF Food Conference speaker

 

Continuing our series of interviews with featured speakers and panelists at this year’s JBF Food Conference, we got in touch with Carolyn Steel, author of Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives. Steel’s concept of “sitopia” (food-place) has gained wide recognition in the emergent field of food urbanism. A London-based architect, lecturer and writer, Steel has been a visiting lecturer and design tutor at Cambridge, London Metropolitan and Wageningen Universities, as well as at the London School of Economics. Steel writes and broadcasts regularly on food, architecture and urbanism, and is in international demand as a speaker. In a few weeks, Carolyn will be taking the JBF Food Conference stage for a talk entitled, "The Hardscape of Appetite".

 

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JBF: Tell us about your participation in this year’s conference and how you plan to interpret the theme of... Read more >

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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”?

 

DN: The old saying our eyes are bigger than our stomachs is unfortunately more true than ever. While the foodie... Read more >

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