Taming Sugar: Solutions and Challenges at the JBF Food Conference

 

The undeniable impact of sugar on the American diet was a prominent part of the discussion during Day One of our recent JBF Food Conference. This video features some of the leading voices in the campaign to combat sugar, from Laurie David, producer of the recent hit documentary Fed Up, to Dr. Robert Lustig, the “anti-sugar guy,” to individuals on the front lines like chef Cindy Gershen and JBF Award-winning pastry chef Emily Lucchetti. Watch this panel for their strategies on tackling our nation’s sweet tooth.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here.

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JBF Wants to Know: Skittles or M&Ms?

When you break into your Halloween stash, are you looking for a fruity or chocolate-y treat? Vote for your candy craving in the poll below!

 

 

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What We're Reading: October 30, 2014

 

Trace the path of peanuts from field to jar of Jif. [The Kitchn

 

A reason to bag your produce: a new study finds supermarket conveyer belts are covered in germs. [Food Politic

 

Fast food workers in Denmark make a minimum of $20/hr. [NYT

 

A bubbly breakdown of the differences between club soda, seltzer, and tonic water. [... Read more >

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Reel Food: Behind the Scenes at the Beard House with Charleston’s Nate Whiting

 

An equal-opportunity dining city, Charleston has everything from authentic Lowcountry fare to avant-garde tasting menus. Nate Whiting’s acclaimed cooking encompasses it all, offering creative, Southern-rooted dishes that “take diners on a delicious romp through modern cuisine,” as per the Charleston City Paper. At his recent Beard House dinner, Whiting did just that, serving an innovative tribute to Lowcountry flavors while incorporating whimsical and modern techniques. He riffed on fried chicken with buttermilk powder–dusted squab, and put his own spin on chicken and waffles with a poussin liver parfait served in miniature pizzelles. Watch the video above to go behind the scenes at his dinner, discover how he first became enamored with the culinary world, and learn about how his cooking philosophy has evolved along the way. 

 

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Karen Washington

 

Karen Washington

Urban Farmer, Community Activist, and Former President,

New York City Community Garden Coalition

 

For Karen Washington, it all began with a tomato. “I had no experience growing food, and I took a chance,” she says of the decision to plant a backyard garden after purchasing a home in the Bronx in 1985. “I hated tomatoes—but when I bit into one of my own, I was hooked: I said, ‘I am going to grow everything.’”

 

What followed was nothing if not kismet. Washington saw from her kitchen window “a man with a pick and a shovel” working in the empty lot across the street—“an eyesore that turned my American dream into a nightmare.” She joined him, helping to transform that lot into a thriving community garden. More gardens followed when she connected with Bronx Green-Up, and her activity expanded to activism when she joined the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. “My training there taught me how to be a public speaker and gav... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 29

 

This new app tells you exactly what's in your food at the grocery store. [NYT]

 

Chefs and scientists join forces in Japan to create scientifically "perfect" flavor. [WP]

 

What you need to know about the upcoming GMO labeling votes in Colorado and Oregon. [HuffPost]

 

Brooklyn nabs Saveur's top spot for culinary destinations. [... Read more >

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JBF Food Conference Day Two: Top 13 Quotes of the Day

 

The second day of the 2014 JBF Food Conference kicked off with a spirited discussion between Michael Pollan and Sam Kass, after which participants heard about innovative design, policy, and medical collaborations that harness the powerful relationship between food and health. Here are some of the most interesting things to come out of the conversation:

 

1) “How do you bring about change? Anyone who knows me knows that I think that lecturing people is not the answer.” – Jane Black, Journalist

 

2) “I don’t think it’s at all possible to make the change that we’re seeking without engaging with... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Navina Khanna

Navina Khanna

​Fellow, Movement Strategy Center

 

There’s the work, and then there’s the spirit behind it: with Navina Khanna, it’s one and the same. “Navina is a catalyzer and activator who puts others first and leads through hard work and service…and calls all of this ‘love,’” says Ricardo Salvador, himself a 2013 JBF Leadership Award recipient. “She is one of the few people who can act on that word meaningfully in the real world by making the lives of others better because of knowing and working with her.”

 

Indeed, Khanna is led by her heart. Touched at an early age by the marvels of nature, active in environmental initiatives as a teen, and horrified by the negative impact of the Green Revolution and corporate influence over the food system in her family’s native India, Khanna commenced early in the pursuit of more just, equitable, and sustainable food and agricultural practices.

 

After embarking on that pursuit, she began planting the seeds for others... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 28

 

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Our favorite indulgence improves memory. [Eater

 

The best jam brands in America. [SE

 

Next weekend try baking your eggs with these recipes. [Food Republic

 

The controversy about Starbucks’ restrooms. [Esquire

 

Find out why olive oil is the healthiest oil for frying. [The Daily Meal

 

Tips for using a... Read more >

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JBF Food Conference Day One: The 16 Most Memorable Things We Heard Today

Mitchell Davis and Mark Bittman

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place today and tomorrow in New York City, explores the intersection of food and health—the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today. We got off to an incredible start today with presentations and discussions about the relationship between food and health marked by thoughtful, impassioned insights and, at times, healthy debate.

 

Here are 16 of the most memorable things we heard today:

 

1) “Food and nutrition is fundamentally a public health problem and are not best dealt with in the physician’s office.” – Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at University of Pennsylvania

 

2) “Healthwise, the gap betwe... Read more >

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