2011 TEDxManhattan Talks

Barbara Askins “In Harlem, A Business Culture for Healthy Eating” President and CEO of the 125th Street Business Improvement District in New York City. She talks about the business of food and how it is changing the landscape in Harlem.

Brian Halweil “From New York to Africa: Why Food is Changing the World” Long live the Food Movement! Brian Halweil, publisher of “Edible Manhattan,” discusses the problems with the global food system and the solutions he’s found cropping up everywhere.

Britta Riley “Research and Do It Yourself” Artist and innovator, Britta Riley, explains R&D-I-Y. Using social media and mass participation, the community has researched and developed her unique approach to growing food in small urban apartments using a window, plastic bottles and some plants. Join in: research and develop it yourself.

Cheryl Rogowski “Being a Family Farmer” Cheryl Rogowski is a family farmer and McArthur Genius Award winner. Her talk is about sustainable farming from a farmers point of view.

Curt Ellis “FoodCorps: Ask Not What Your Country Can Feed You; Ask What You Can Feed Your Country” Co-Founder of the Brooklyn-based documentary production company Wicked Delicate and co-creator of the Peabody award winning film King Corn, Curt Ellis is now focused on launching the national AmeriCorps school garden program FoodCorps, which promises to combat childhood obesity while training a new generation of farmers.

Elizabeth Meltz “The Reality of Green Restaurants” There’s more to making a restaurant “Green” than installing energy efficient hand dryers. To tell us all about it is Elizabeth Meltz, Director of Food Safety and Sustainability for Mario Batali and Joe & Lidia Bastianich.

Elizabeth Ü “Money’s Many Shades of Green” When we think about all the work that has to be done to shift the food system, one very important part is finding ways to finance food entrepreneurs. Here to tell us more about it is the Founder and Executive Director of Finance for Food, Elizabeth Ü.

Frederick Kaufman “The Measure of All Things” Professor Frederick Kaufman from the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism discusses the major research projects currently underway to develop actual metrics to define what sustainable food is.

Ian Cheney “Truck Farm” Co-Founder of the Brooklyn-based documentary production company, Wicked Delicate, and co-creator of the Peabody award winning film, King Corn, Ian Cheney talks about his new film, Truck Farm.

Josh Viertel “Building a Slow Food Nation” Josh Viertel, President of Slow Food USA, dreams of a world where fruit is cheaper than fruit loops and there are more school gardens than McDonald’s has franchises.

Karen Hudson “The Hidden Price Tag of Industrial Agriculture” President of the Dairy Education Alliance, Karen Hudson, talks about the dangers of industrial agriculture to public health, and how she stood up to stop it.

Kathy Lawrence “Transforming School Food: Leveraging the Power of Public Procurement” Kathy Lawrence, Program Director of School Food FOCUS, discusses the broken school food system.

Ken Cook “Turning the Farm Bill into the Food Bill” President of the Environmental Working Group, Ken Cook, discusses the Farm Bill, the massive subsides paid to industrial farmers and how we can all act to help advocate and improve this important legislation.

Laurie David “Dinner Makes a Difference” Producer of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” Laurie David has authored best-selling books, executive produced television specials & documentaries and has been called the Bono of climate change by Vanity Fair. Now she’s bringing it all home to her kitchen table.

Lucas Knowles “Local Food Nation” Lucas is the the USDA Coordinator for “Know your Farmer, Know your Food” He demonstrates the huge demand for local and sustainable food through three promising approaches.

Dr. Melony Samuels “Campaigning Against Hunger” Dr. Melony Samuels is the Founder and Director of the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger. She not only helps provide food to low-income families in Brooklyn, she’s started an urban farm to help residents get the healthiest, freshest food possible.

Michael Conard “Rebuilding our Food System Infrastructure” Michael Conard, Assistant Director at the Urban Design Lab, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, discusses the new distribution systems needed for changing the food system.

Chef Michel Nischan “Great Tomatoes for All!” Chef, restaurateur, award-winning cookbook author, Wholesome Wave CEO and leader in the sustainable food movement, Michel Nischan discusses food deserts and solutions to make healthy choice possible. How can we energize the superheroes in the communities that need them most?

Dr Scott Kahan “Why We Eat the Way We Eat” Dr Scott Kahan is the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center in their School of Public Health. He explains how our current food system predisposes us to eating unhealthy food.

Dr William Li “Angiogenesis Foundation: 2010 TEDTalk Update” An update from Dr. William Li, President of the Angiogenesis Foundation. Since his February 2010 TED Talk about fighting cancer by eating healthy, Dr. Li has been studying exactly which foods help most.