Posts Tagged ‘TEDx’


Changing the Way We Eat: Thinking of Soil as More Than Just “Dirt”

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On January 21st, TEDxManhattan featured a series of speakers with backgrounds in food and farming who shared their knowledge and expertise with thousands of audience members watching either in-person from seats at the event or virtually from around the world.

Today, Nourishing the Planet highlights a TEDxManhattan talk by Fred Kirschenmann, who discusses the importance of soil in our food production system.

In his talk, “Soil: From Dirt to Lifeline,” Kirschenmann notes that while we tend to think of soil simply as “dirt,” it is in fact a “vibrant living community” that we should instead learn to value as a precious resource. Our large-scale food production system currently uses many techniques that diminish soil quality and quantity, but Kirschenmann discusses several alternatives that are both more productive and better for the soil and the environment.

Click here to watch Kirschenmann and other TEDxManhattan 2012 speakers.

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.


Changing the Way We Eat

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Tomorrow, TEDxManhattan will be hosting a panel discussion on steps needed to change the way we eat.

Tune in to hear experts discuss how we can, and should, change the way we eat. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

The panel will feature president of the board of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and former director of Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Fred Kirschenmann and Senior Advisor at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, David Wallinga, among other experts.

Although the event is already sold out, you can view the livestream here. Click here for more program details.

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.


What Works: Media for Agricultural Innovation and Empowerment in Kibera

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By Amanda Strickler

This post is part of a series where Nourishing the Planet asks its readers: What works? Every week we’ll ask the question and every week you can join the conversation!


Voice of Kibera is part of the Map Kibera media initiative. It works to connect members of the poorest community in Nairobi by hosting events, posting news, and disseminating information. (Credit:

The Nourishing the Planet team has cited several success stories in agriculture coming from Kibera—the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Residents in the slum are finding creative approaches to urban livestock and crop production. Dissemination of these innovations is critical to developing sustainable food production systems. But as many development practitioners know, a lack of communication systems can hinder scaling-up efforts.

As part of the Map Kibera project, the Voice of Kibera is an interactive community news and event website. Project operators use YouTube, Twitter, maps, calendars, and photos to empower citizens through access to participatory social networks. To encourage attendance at community events, the website offers times, dates, locations, and event descriptions.

Although Voice of Kibera provides broad coverage of community events, one sector receiving attention is agriculture. (more…)


Food As the Solution at TEDxManhattan

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By Alana Herro

This Saturday, February 12th, 2011, local and international food and agriculture experts gathered at the TEDxManhattan event in New York City. This locally organized event dedicated to “ideas worth spreading” was themed “Changing the Way We Eat.” Along with speakers Laurie David, producer of An Inconvenient Truth, Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA, and others, Nourishing the Planet Co-Director Brian Halweil was featured at the event.


At a recent TEDx Manhattan event, Brian Halweil discussed food as a solution. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

In college, Brian was on track to become a doctor, he said, when he heard a lecture by ecologist Paul Ehrlich. Ehrlich claimed that agriculture is the single biggest way humans touch the planet. Deciding he could help more people by focusing on the food system than by becoming even the most prolific doctor, Brian went to work for the Worldwatch Institute.

Initially depressed by his research into the prevalence of factory farms, pesticides, over-fishing, hunger and obesity, Brian eventually wrote Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, a book about the local food movement. Previously, Brian hadn’t felt that his work was having an impact. “I realized what does change minds, what does inspire people to change their behavior, are the glimmers of hope that often show up on the margins.” By focusing on small, local initiatives, he began to see food as the antidote to many of the world’s biggest problems. (more…)


Brian Halweil To Speak at TEDx Manhattan

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Nourishing the Planet’s Brian Halweil will speak during the session, “Where are we?” at 1:30pm on Saturday at TEDx Manhattan’s event, “Changing the Way We Eat.”


Brian Halweil discusses innovations in agriculture to alleviate hunger at the press launch for State of the World 2011 in New York earlier this year. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

“Changing the Way We Eat” will bring together experts in food and farming to discuss innovations in sustainable agriculture and the shifts that still need to be made in the global food system to make it healthy and accessible to everyone. Brian will highlight innovations that are working on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa to alleviate hunger and poverty while also protecting the environment. And he’ll describe how some of these African-led solutions might seem familiar to New York City residents. There is, for example, the flourishing farm-to-school movement, which is bringing fresh and locally produced fruits and vegetables to schools in New York, Accra, Dakar, Kampala, Portland, and other African and American cities.

Seats at the event are full, but you can join remotely at a viewing party near you or from your laptop. The livestream will available on February 12th at