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The magnificent crew over at FoodTank have put together a rather special list:
“TED is a non-profit devoted to “ideas worth spreading”, and you can find literally thousands of free -inspiring and awesome- talks from experts and innovators around the world. We’ve decided to highlight 24 TED talks specifically around food issues that we found compelling and worth sharing. Please check out and watch as many of these as you can. And, most importantly, share this with 24 friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers who might be open to watching a few of these insightful talks – and learning more about the food system.”
- Roger Thurow: The Hungry Farmer – My Moment of Great Disruption
- Mark Bittman: What’s Wrong with What We Eat
- Anna Lappe: Marketing Food to Children
- Ellen Gustafson: Obesity + Hunger = 1 Global Food Issue
- Tristram Stuart: The Global Food Waste Scandal
- Brian Halweil: From New York to Africa: Why Food Is Saving the World
- Fred Kaufman: The Measure of All Things
- LaDonna Redman: Food + Justice = Democracy
- Jose Andres: Creativity in Cooking Can Solve Our Biggest Challenges
- Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize Wish: Teach Every Child About Food
- Dan Barber: How I Fell in Love with a Fish
- Carolyn Steel: How Food Shapes Our Cities
- Ann Cooper: Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children
- Ron Finley: A Guerrilla Gardener in South Central L.A.
- Tama Matsuoka Wong: How I Did Less and Ate Better, Thanks to Weeds
- Stephen Ritz: Green Bronx Machine: Growing Our Way Into a New Economy
- Angela Morelli: The Global Water Footprint of Humanity
- Birke Baehr: What’s Wrong With Our Food System
- Graham Hill: Why I’m a Weekday Vegetarian
- Joel Salatin: Thinking About Soil
- Roger Doiron: A Subversive Plot
- Britta Riley: A Garden in My Apartment
- Arthur Potts Dawson: A Vision for Sustainable Restaurants
- Ken Cook: Turning the Farm Bill into the Food Bill
>> Go to the FoodTank website to follow up on any or all of these talks.
Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on March 6th, 2013
From the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN):
This study is “based on a very small set of interviews – 16 people who self-identified as deliberately trying to live a lower-carbon lifestyle because of concern about climate change – and so its findings don’t necessarily apply to other people living in lower carbon ways. However, what is interesting about it is that it shows that people’s motivations for living in less carbon intensive ways are not primarily environmental. A concern for social justice is often much more important, as well is a desire for a more equal society” FCRN mailing: 5 March 2013.
This exploratory mixed-methods study uses in-depth interviews to investigate the values, motivations, and routes to engagement of UK citizens who have adopted lower-carbon lifestyles. Social justice, community, frugality, and personal integrity were common themes that emerged from the transcripts. Concern about ‘the environment’ per se is not the primary motivation for most interviewees’ action. Typically, they are more concerned about the plight of poorer people who will suffer from climate change. Although biospheric values are important to the participants, they tended to score altruistic values significantly higher on a survey instrument. Thus, it may not be necessary to promote biospheric values to encourage lower-carbon lifestyles. Participants’ narratives of how they became engaged with climate action reveal links to human rights issues and groups as much as environmental organisations and positive experiences in nature. Some interviewees offered very broad (positive) visions of what ‘a low-carbon lifestyle’ means to them. This, and the fact that ‘climate change’ is not necessarily seen as interesting even by these highly engaged people, reveals a need for climate change mitigation campaigns to promote a holistic view of a lower-carbon future, rather than simply offering a ‘to do’ list to ‘combat climate change’.
Howell, R.A. (2012). It’s not (just) ‘‘the environment, stupid!’’ Values, motivations, and routes to engagement of people adopting lower-carbon lifestyles.
Global Environmental Change, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.10.015
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