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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Sodexo's Recipes for a Better Tomorrow Contest

Chef contestantsChef contestants in the Sodexo Recipes for a Better Tomorrow competition

As one of the largest foodservice companies in the world and one of the Founding Partners of the James Beard Foundation Annual Food Conference, Sodexo is committed to finding ways to maintain the high quality and nutrition of the 50,000,000-plus meals the corporation’s 15,000 chefs prepare daily. To that end, this May the James Beard Foundation hosted the final cook-off and judging for their Recipes for a Better Tomorrow culinary competition. The Beard House welcomed five finalists from the U.S. and Canada representing five divisions of Sodexo North America. We were joined by Sodexo’s culinary leadership within Sodexo and guest chefs like Sodexo’s Matthew Weingarten, chef of Manhattan’s Inside Park, and Barton Seaver, chef/owner of DC’s Hook and author

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