Posts Tagged ‘sustainable food systems’
Photo via FoodTank
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.
Source: Sustainable Food Trust
A short animation by Marija Jacimovic based upon Michael Pollan’s talk “Food Rules” given at the RSA. Not only are we going to have to learn to drive an industrial economy without fossil fuels, we’re going to have to learn to create a lot of food without using them. Here are some of Michael’s snippets of sense on the matter.
>>Watch the animation on the Sustainable Food Trust website.
Source: Food Climate Research Network (FCRN)
Applications open for 2012/13
Schumacher College is the first in the world to offer a postgraduate programme in Sustainable Horticulture and Food Production.
The programme has been developed in association with the Centre for Alternative Technology and Plymouth University. From 2012/13 we are offering a Postgraduate Diploma and a Postgraduate Certificate (subject to final University approval) alongside a part-time and full-time MSc.
As global population hits 7 billion in 2011, we urgently need to consider how our food systems will cope in the coming years. Can they produce enough? And are they resilient to an unpredictable climate and reduction in fossil fuels and other high-energy inputs on which they’re currently dependent?
This programme brings together the thinking, research and practice at the cutting-edge of a global food revolution. Drawing from many different projects and schools of thought around the world, and looking at the roles of large scale food production, biotechnology, ‘human scale’ horticulture and botanical diversity, our starting point is natural systems.
How can we work with nature and biological cycles to improve our horticultural production? And how do we do it without increasing environmental degradation, climate change or consumption of finite resources, the pressing questions of our time.
Who is this course for?
This course is for growers, entrepreneurs and leaders who want to progress food systems that are ecologically, socially and financially sustainable. You will have the opportunity to further develop your technical, strategic, and critical skills and the space to regenerate and hone your passion and creativity for a better world.
We are delighted to receive your applications whether you are coming from an undergraduate degree, taking time-out to study mid-career or wanting an opportunity to retrain in a subject area that is of huge importance to our future resilience and well-being.
We are looking for enthusiastic agents of change who are ready to co-create a new sustainable food system in practice. We are looking for those prepared to take a risk and stand on the cutting-edge of new thinking in this area.
Schumacher College welcomes students from all over the world in its diverse mix of cultural experience and age group which allows for rich peer to peer learning.
Course programme overview
The course format has been designed to allow students to combine postgraduate study at Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate level with work and other commitments.
There are six taught modules between September and April, followed by an 18 week dissertation period. Postgraduate Diploma students to not write up a dissertation, but must complete all six Core Modules including Research Methods. Postgraduate Certificate students take Core Modules 1, 4 and 6 only.
Each module is worth 20 credits and, with the exception of Module 2, are composed of one week reading preparation, two weeks residential at Schumacher College, followed by three weeks for assignments with on-line support. The dates of residency at Schumacher College (or CAT, for Module 2) are shown below.
- Module 1: 3 – 14 September Plant Science and Botanical Diversity
- Module 2: 22 – 26 October Food Systems and the Post-Carbon World (CAT)
- Module 3: 26 November – 7 December Research Methods
- Module 4: 7 – 18 January Living Systems
- Module 5: 25 February – 8 March The New Food Economy
- Module 6: 15 – 26 April Ecological Design and Practice in Horticulture
>>Go to the Schumacher College website to find out more about the course.
Posted in Uncategorized by fedwards on August 29th, 2008
Eat Well Guide’s first publication, “Cultivating the Web: High Tech Tools for the Sustainable Food Movement” has just been launched and is available for free download at www.eatwellguide.org.
“Cultivating the Web” highlights how new media is supporting the agrarian revival and also includes a comprehensive list of web resources for all sorts of good food fighters, from farmers to foodies to activists. This book is the first of its kind for our movement, and includes contributions from Joan Gussow, Marion Nestle, Bill McKibben, Tom Philpott, Bonnie Powell, Kerry Trueman, Anya Fernald and Fritz Haeg.
You can also learn more on the Green Fork Blog, http://blog.eatwellguide.org/.