Category Archives: TEDxManhattan 2012

TEDx Manhattan 2012

Soil: From Dirt to Lifeline

Soil: From Dirt to Lifeline. Fred Kirschenmann, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Fred Kirschenmann has been involved in sustainable agriculture and food issues for most of his life. He currently serves as both a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and as President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also still provides management over site of his family’s 2,600 acre organic farm in south central North Dakota.

Animal Factories and the Abuse of Power

Animal Factories and the Abuse of Power. Wayne Pacelle, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

As President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle leads the nation’s largest animal protection organization with 11 million members and constituents. The organization is the 155th largest charity in the United States. During his tenure, Pacelle has nearly doubled the size of the organization and, through corporate combinations with groups such as The Fund for Animals and the Doris Day Animal League, built unity and greater efficiency within the animal protection cause.

Saying No to Antibiotics in Animal Feed

Raising Pigs & Problems: Saying No to Antibiotics in Animal Feed. David Wallinga, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Physician, writer and full-time advocate, David Wallinga, M.D., represents the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) as a de facto doctor to the nation’s ailing food system. Through his work, Dr. Wallinga sheds a spotlight – and a public health lens- on the less savory side of the food system, like mercury in high fructose corn syrup, or arsenic being fed to chickens and turkeys.

BrightFarms: A Produce Supply Chain Revolution

BrightFarms: A Produce Supply Chain Revolution. Paul Lightfoot, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Paul Lightfoot is the Chief Executive Officer of BrightFarms, which designs, finances, builds and operates greenhouse farms at grocery retailers, eliminating time, distance and costs from their produce supply chain. With the elimination of shipping, and the drastic reduction of fuel consumption, carbon emissions and water use, BrightFarms enables grocery retailers to change their produce supply chain in a way that improves the planet and their profits.

Tasting Our Way to a Better Food System

Tasting Our Way to a Better Food System. Mitchell Davis, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Mitchell Davis is the executive vice president of the James Beard Foundation, a cookbook author, a food journalist, and a scholar with a Ph.D. in Food Studies from NYU’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. His academic work focuses on restaurants, media and taste, particularly how restaurant reviews influence taste.

Effects of a High Meat Diet on Public Health

Effects of a High Meat Diet on Public Health. Robert S Lawrence MD, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Robert S. Lawrence, MD is the Center for a Livable Future Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with joint appointments as Professor of Health Policy, International Health, and Medicine. He is the founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, which supports research and develops policies related to the public health impacts of industrial food animal production, improving food security, and adopting healthier diets.

Green Bronx Machine: Growing Our Way Into A New Economy

Green Bronx Machine – Growing Our Way Into A New Economy. Stephen Ritz, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

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

Green Carts: Bringing the Backyard to the Bronx

Green Carts: Bringing the Backyard to the Bronx. Kerry McLean, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Kerry A. McLean is the Director of Community Development at WHEDco, a 20-year old nonprofit working to create a more beautiful, equitable and economically vibrant Bronx. Kerry directs WHEDco’s community planning and revitalization initiatives, including the Green Cart Microenterprise Program, which helps community members become street vendor entrepreneurs selling fresh fruits and vegetables in their own communities.

From Fables to Labels

From Fables to Labels. Urvashi Rangan, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Urvashi Rangan leads and directs the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports. She is responsible for managing risk analysis, policy assessments, label evaluations and consumer advice for tests, reports, and related advocacy work. Urvashi joined Consumers Union in 1999 and developed the ratings system, database, and website, for evaluating environmental and food labels.