The amount of exciting and inspiring work being done around the food system today is nothing short of staggering. Every day our team is alerted to a new project or effort or person taking on a challenge that our food system faces in an innovative way. Just the other day, the video of Stephen Ritz's speech at TEDxManhattan (we covered the event here) hit the internet and it is hands down one of the most inspiring speeches about food that we've come across. Many on our team caught it live, but now it's available for everyone to watch and we highly recommend that you take a break for 15 minutes and do so.
With that in mind, here is that video and three others that are well worth your time.
Stephen Ritz - Green Bronx Machine - Growing Our Way Into A New Economy
Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher/administrator. With the help of extended student and community family they have grown over 25,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance. His Bronx classroom features the first indoor edible wall in NYC DOE which routinely generates enough produce to feed 450 students healthy meals and trains the youngest nationally certified workforce in America. Stephen has consistently moved attendance from 40% to 93% daily, helped fund/create 2,200 youth jobs, captured the US EPA Award for transforming mindsets and landscapes in NYC, recently won the ABC Above and Beyond Award, helped earn his school the first ever Citywide Award of Excellence from the NYC Strategic Alliance for Health and attributes these results directly to growing vegetables in school. His speech at Columbia University, "From Crack to Cucumbers," along with the release of a You-Tube Video (Urban Farming NYC) resulted in a national following including an invite to the White House Garden. Dedicated to harvesting hope and cultivating minds, Stephen dreams of opening a nationally replicable Career Technical Education public school in the poorest Congressional District in America rooted in urban agriculture, green and sustainable initiatives. For more information, visit www.greenbronxmachine.com
2011 TEDxManhattan Fellow: Stefani Bardin
Stefani is producing a body of work that explores the influence of corporate culture and industrial food production on our food system. These investigations take the form of single and multi-channel videos and immersive and interactive installations. Her current project is working with gastroenterologist Dr. Braden Kuo at Harvard University where they just completed the first ever clinical study to use the M2A™ and SmartPill devices to look at how the human body responds to processed versus whole foods. She is an
Honorary Resident at Eyebeam Art +Technology Center in New York and teaches in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design and in the Food Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement.
LOCAL - A Short Documentary
Do you know where your food comes from?
In the past ten years, the organic food industry has become big business and consumers have been left wondering exactly what the word “Organic” means and how they can really know what they’re eating.
With the rise of farmer’s markets and more and more chefs sourcing their ingredients from local farms, consumers are now able to meet and talk to the people who are growing their food.
LOCAL discusses the rise of the local food movement, the challenges of sourcing locally and how it’s become a growing part of the Austin, Texas food scene.
This documentary is the November film in my 12 Films Project, where I make one short film every month in 2011. To see the other films or to learn more about the project, visit the website at:
Birke Baehr - "What's Wrong With Our Food System"
Birke Baehr -"what's Wrong With Our Food System? And How Can We Make A Difference?"
We hope you enjoyed. Let us know if you find great videos we can share in the future!