What We're Reading: June 30, 2014

Scientists suggest that insects could be the key to solving world hunger. [Science Daily]

 

Can we hack our way to a better food system? [Civil Eats]

 

The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a new report on the food industry’s sugar-coating of the sweetener’s negative health effects. [UCS]

 

With cod being overfished... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: The 100th Episode

Karen Karp and JBF’s Izabela Wojcik on Taste Matters

 

On last week’s episode of Taste Matters, host Mitchell Davis was joined by producer Ashley Kosiak, food consultant Karen Karp, and JBF’s director of house programming Izabela Wojcik for a lively discussion to mark the show’s 100th episode. The group chewed over history, perspective, presentation, ingredients, and community in our food system, and also analyzed the cultural shift towards more organic, sustainable, and locally produced foods. With our nation’s top toques building menus around their local greenmarkets, many consumers have begun follow in their footsteps. Listen below to learn more:

 

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JBF Hosts Third Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

More than a dozen chefs from around the country will convene for the James Beard Foundation's third Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change at Glynwood in Cold Spring, New York, from September 15-17. The program, which was launched at the James Beard Award–nominated Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee in July 2012, is designed to provide chefs with the tools and support they require to be effective leaders and advocates for food-system change. 

 

"Our Chefs Boot Camp fills a critical need for hands-on policy and advocacy skills training that allows participating chefs to fine-tune their strengths and realize the difference they can make,” said Mitchell Davis, Ph.D., executive vice president of the James Beard Foundation. "Our goal is to expand... Read more >

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Reel Food: Mitchell Davis Talks Taste at TEDxManhattan

At last month's TEDxManhattan event, "Changing the Way We Eat," our very own Mitchell Davis gave a thought-provoking talk about the importance of taste and the role it should play in improving the American food system. A video of his speech is below; you can watch the other food-related talks that were given at the event here.

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