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October 9th, 2013

by Total Food Service

Food Grows From The Ground Up - So Will Food Tank


The global food movement grows from the kitchens, gardens, and farms of the countless citizens who have committed to making healthy, sustainable choices about cultivating and consuming food. Food Tank exists to amplify these voices.


Our food system is broken. Some people don't have enough food, while others are eating too much. There's only one way to fix this problem and it starts with you and me.

Food Tank: The Food Think Tank is for the 7 billion people who have to eat every day. They offer solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty by creating a network of connections and information for all of us to consume and share.

Food Tank is for farmers and producers, policy makers and government leaders, researchers and scientists, academics and journalists, and the funding and donor communities to collaborate on providing sustainable solutions for our most pressing environmental and social problems.

As much as we need new THINKING on global food system issues, we also need new DOING. Around the world, there are examples of people and organizations that have developed innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the most pressing issues in food and agriculture. Through years of field visits (and years of trying to eat better in our own communities), Food Tank will continue to highlight and promote the best practices.

The co-founders of Food Tank, Ellen Gustafson and Danielle Nierenberg, hope to bridge the domestic and global food issues by highlighting how hunger, obesity, climate change, unemployment, and other problems can be solved by more research and investment in agriculture. 

On September 19th from 5:30 to 7:30PM at the Snapple Theater the Food Tank will highlight HOPE and SUCCESS in agriculture. We will feature innovative ideas that are already working on the ground, in cities, in kitchens, in fields and in laboratories. These innovations need more attention, more research, and ultimately more funding to be replicated and scaled-up. And that is where we need you. We all need to work together to find solutions that nourish ourselves and protect the planet.

Each year, in the United States, roughly 34 million tons of food is wasted. Not only is that food wasted, but also all of the resources used to grow, process, and transport it. To help keep food waste out of landfills, New York City is implementing a food waste collection system in part of Staten Island and select Manhattan high-rises, and the city has plans to expand it to Brooklyn and the Bronx this fall. This September food waste and food loss will be highlighted in series of events throughout New York City. On September 19th, Food Tank: The Food Think Tank, a non-profit organization seeking to change the broken food system, will host Food Waste Free NYC, a gathering of food activists and policymakers who are developing solutions for food loss and waste in New York City, the U.S., and around the world.



The program includes Jen Chapin as the musical guest and a series of speakers working to change our food system and reduce waste including Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland; Emily M. Broad Leib, Director of Food Law & Policy at Harvard Law School; Mary Cleaver, the Green Table: Cleaver Company; Kevin Duffy, City Harvest; Dana Gunders, Natural Resources Defense Council; Brian Halweil, Edible Communities; Diane Hatz, Change Food and TEDx Manhattan; Stephanie Hanson, One Acre Fund; Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank; Nick Nuttall, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Gary Oppenheimer, AmpleHarvest.org; Tristram Stuart, Feeding the 5000, and more.

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