Category Archives: TEDxManhattan 2014

Hunting for Food – Race, Class and Access in New York City: Regina Bernard-Carreno at TEDxManhattan

Dr. Regina Bernard-Carreno was born and raised in Hells Kitchen, NYC. She is a graduating pioneer of the African American Studies Master’s Degree Program at Columbia University. She completed her M.Phil and Ph.D. Degrees in Urban Education at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Having taught in graduate programs at various colleges, she is now an assistant professor of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College, CUNY, where her courses are particularly focused on race, class, and food activism. She is the author of Black and Brown Waves: The Cultural Politics of Young Women of Color and Feminism (2009), and Nuyorganics: Organic Intellectualism, the Search for Racial Identity, and Nuyorican Thought (2010).

Factory Farms, Antibiotics and Superbugs: Lance Price at TEDxManhattan

Lance Price is a public health researcher who works at the interface between science and policy to address the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance. In the laboratory, Dr. Price uses cutting-edge DNA sequencing to trace the origins of new antibiotic-resistant pathogens. By analyzing the genomes of bacteria found in humans, food, and livestock, Dr. Price and his colleagues have traced the origins of new superbugs to industrial livestock production. Dr. Price and his colleagues have also begun to broaden the scope of foodborne disease to include urinary tract infections caused by foodborne E. coli.

Vote Food: Chef Tom Colicchio at TEDxManhattan

Tom Colicchio spent his childhood immersed in food. At age 17, he made his kitchen debut in his native town of Elizabeth, New Jersey, at Evelyn’s Seafood Restaurant.

Colicchio then cooked at prominent New York restaurants such as The Quilted Giraffe, Gotham Bar & Grill, Rakel, and Mondrian. In July 1994, Colicchio and his business partner Danny Meyer opened Gramercy Tavern.

Tom appears in and served as executive producer on A Place at the Table, Participant Media’s documentary about food insecurity in America, produced and directed by Kristi Jacobson and Colicchio’s wife, Lori Silverbush, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia Pictures released the film March 1.

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Are Insects the Future of Food?: Megan Miller at TEDxManhattan

Megan Miller is founder of Bitty, a San Francisco-based food startup that uses high-protein cricket flour as the basis for a line of energy bars and gluten-free baked goods. Bitty seeks to remove cultural taboos around eating insects and popularize them as a delicious, sustainable ingredient that may help alleviate global food scarcity. Megan’s passions for food, sustainability and innovation led her circuitously to the creation of Bitty.

In her early twenties, she studied anthropology and agriculture at the University of Maryland with a focus on human-food relationships, worked for the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, apprenticed on an organic farm and cooked in the pastry kitchen of a fine-dining restaurant. She also backpacked around Mexico and Thailand, where she first sampled edible insects from street-food vendors. After earning her MA in philosophy at St. John’s College, she moved to New York City, where she worked in editorial and digital roles at National Geographic Adventure, New York magazine and Popular Science. Megan became regarded as an expert in digital media innovation, appearing frequently as a TV talking head and speaker at events like CES and SXSW Interactive.

In 2010, she relocated to San Francisco to head the U.S. R&D team for a global media company. Business travel took her around the world, including visits back to Latin America and Asia, where she developed the idea of introducing edible insects to Western culture. Surrounded by the Bay Area’s food and entrepreneurship communities, she launched Bitty to make that dream a reality.

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What the Food Movement Can Learn From History: Alison Cayne at TEDxManhattan

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Alison Cayne is owner of Haven’s Kitchen, a recreational cooking school, specialty food shop and event space in Manhattan. Recognizing that improving our food system starts with showing people how to source and utilize sustainable ingredients, Alison conceptualized a school for the home cook that is both educational and comfortable. Alison believes that supporting local growers will ultimately make sustainable food available and accessible to everyone.

Before founding Haven’s Kitchen, Alison began working towards her Masters in NYU’s Food Studies program. This led to a growing passion for creating a more sustainable food system and educating people about the connection between eating and agriculture. Alison worked with GrowNYC, educating school groups and visitors about the importance of regional ingredients and farming practices. In addition to working at Haven’s Kitchen, and studying at NYU, Alison is on the boards of Just Food and Edible Schoolyard NYC, and a contributing editor at Domino Magazine.

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

In Praise of Big Organic: Myra Goodman at TEDxManhattan

Myra Goodman and her husband Drew founded Earthbound Farm on a 2 1/2 acre backyard garden in Carmel Valley, CA in 1984. Both were recent college graduates, “city kids” from Manhattan, who became self-taught farmers and intuitively resisted handling agricultural chemicals. Earthbound Farm has grown from humble beginnings to become the largest grower of organic produce in North America, with more than 200 farmers cultivating 53,000 organic crop acres. Their products are available in 75% of supermarkets across the country, and their farming practices avoided the use of more than 19 million pounds of agricultural chemicals in 2013 alone. Earthbound Farm was the first company to successfully package pre-washed salads for retail sale in 1986, and the first to pack their salads in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic containers.

Myra has authored three cookbooks that share her passion for delicious food and a healthy planet: Food to Live By — The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook; The Earthbound Cook — 250 Recipes for Delicious Food and a Healthy Planet; and her new book, Straight from the Earth — Irresistible Vegan Recipes for Everyone. As a passionate advocate for organic food and farming, she has appeared on dozens of televisions shows including Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America Health, and has been featured in many publications including More, People and Bon Appetit. Drew and Myra still live on their original farm in Carmel Valley. They have two children, Marea and Jeffrey.

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Celebrating Resilience – Reframing the Narrative Around Our Students: Clint Smith at TEDxManhattan

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Educator and poet Clint Smith teaches English at Parkdale High School in Prince George’s County, MD. In the classroom, Mr. Smith combines his passion for poetry and justice to teach students the importance of their own stories as catalysts for meaningful social action. Outside of the classroom, he serves as the school’s slam poetry coach and is the founder of Parkdale Students for Social Justice, which empowers and trains students to become community organizers. In 2013, Mr. Smith was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He has been featured in the Washington Post and is profiled in the book, “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom” (Welcome Books, 2013) as one of the top 50 educators in the nation.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Smith is an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist and was a member of Washington D.C.’s 2012 & 2013 National Slam Poetry Teams. His poetry has been featured on TVOne’s Verses & Flow and at the International AIDS Conference, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and Teach For America’s annual alumni conference. In 2012, Mr. Smith served as a cultural ambassador to Swaziland on behalf of the U.S. State Department where he conducted poetry workshops on HIV/AIDS prevention, cross-cultural understanding, and youth empowerment. He is an alumnus of Davidson College and New Orleans’ public school system.

http://tedxmanhattan.org

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)