Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Help Support EcoWatch

10 Most Important Things We Can Do to Change the Food System

Food
10 Most Important Things We Can Do to Change the Food System

Food Tank, the food think tank, will hold its first annual summit from Jan. 21-22 with 75 different speakers from the food and agriculture field, including researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, students and writers. Leading up to the event, Food Tank asked its speakers: What is the most important thing we can all do to change the food system?

Richard McCarthy's advice: "Recognize that the elephant in the room is a cow."
Photo credit: Shutterstock

Here are 10 of the top responses:

José Andrés, president of Think Food Group, which seeks to change the world through the power of food: "To eat today is a political statement. We vote with the food we choose to eat, and this is a power we need to use wisely and efficiently."

Ben Simon of Food Recovery Network, which prevents food in college dining halls from being wasted by donating the excess to those in need: "Tell one college student to bring Food Recovery Network to their campus to feed people, not landfills."

Tom McDougall of 4P Foods, which distributes locally sourced food in the Washington DC area: “Plant something. Anything. Help two others in your community do the same. Have them each help two more. Nurture, care and watch 'it' grow.”

Barbara Ekwall of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization: "With more than 805 million people suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition in a world that produces more than enough food for all, more attention needs to be paid to how society is organized. To start with, we should focus on the poorest groups and make agriculture, trade, health, education and other policy areas work for them."

Coach Mark Smallwood of the Rodale Institute, which has been a pioneer in organic farming since 1947: "Read the science. Help spread the vision of an Organic Planet. Work to make it a reality."

Richard McCarthy of Slow Food USA, which promotes good, clean and fair food for all: "Recognize that the elephant in the room is a cow."

Brian Halweil of Edible Manhattan, a publication dedicated to local and seasonal food: "Build your diet around a diversity of small food and drink producers."

John Fisk of Winrock International, which works around the world to empower the disadvantaged while sustaining natural resources: "Make connections: Be a conscience consumer, speak on behalf of your beliefs, vote for a healthy food system, talk to your farmer, and stay connected to nature."

Baldemar Velasquez, President of Farm Labor Organizing Committee, a labor union representing migrant farm workers: "Spread the word and grow the movement for self-determination of the oppressed."

Thomas Forster of EcoAgriculture Partners, which promotes agriculture and development as a source of conservation: "Go beyond food fashion to what transforms how we are fed, past fossil fuel-based industrial food to bio-based agroecologically grown food."

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

We Need to Talk

Part II: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Save the Planet

Finding Solutions That Nourish Ourselves and Protect the Planet

Project goal: To create an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to leather, in this case using fungi.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Plastic waste is bulldozed at a landfill. Needpix

The plastic recycling model was never economically viable, but oil and gas companies still touted it as a magic solution to waste, selling the American public a lie so the companies could keep pushing new plastic.

Read More Show Less

Trending

54% of parents with school-age children expressed concern that their children could fall behind academically, according to a poll conducted over the summer of 2020. Maria Symchych-Navrotska / Getty Images

By Pamela Davis-Kean

With in-person instruction becoming the exception rather than the norm, 54% of parents with school-age children expressed concern that their children could fall behind academically, according to a poll conducted over the summer of 2020. Initial projections from the Northwest Evaluation Association, which conducts research and creates commonly used standardized tests, suggest that these fears are well-grounded, especially for children from low-income families.

Read More Show Less
A teenager reads a school English assignment at home after her school shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 22, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. Andrew Lichtenstein / Corbis via Getty Images

The pandemic has affected everyone, but mental health experts warn that youth and teens are suffering disproportionately and that depression and suicide rates are increasing.

Read More Show Less
In an ad released by Republican Voters Against Trump, former coronavirus task force member Olivia Troye roasted the president for his response. Republican Voters Against Trump / YouTube

Yet another former Trump administration staffer has come out with an endorsement for former Vice President Joe Biden, this time in response to President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read More Show Less

Support Ecowatch