the (food) revolution will be vimeo’d

Dinner and Some Ed*”  is being promoted by TED and TEDx as a way to enjoy and raise awareness about local sustainable food. It’s a relatively simple way to get people thinking about the food system, while enjoying community, company and good food.

I want to host my own little informal Dinner and Some Ed meal on Food Revolution Day, but I’ll likely opt for videos other than TED’s. However, there have been some amazing TED vids about the food system that are worth watching. I had hoped to blog about these months ago, but Dinner and Some Ed gives me an excuse to share them now. Changing the Way We Eat, a TEDxManhattan conference in January streamed an array of inspiring and thought-provoking videos that pushed me to think harder about what I’m doing to improve our world’s food system. People are doing great work to, well, change the way we eat in America.

Some of my favorites, which are definitely worth watching:

Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food:

I think Jamie’s ego has grown with each year that’s gone by since the first season of Naked Chef, but his work is important and valuable. His point in this talk is a simple one that is not raised enough: Children need to know about food from at an early age if we are ever going to have a healthier society. We have a responsibility to teach children about food.

Gary Oppenheimer: On, and how garden excess can transform food pantries:  Ampleharvest connects backyard gardeners and local food pantries– making use of excess garden harvest to provide food pantries with healthier, fresher, local options. What I love about Ampleharvest is the underlying element of community, sharing excess food just makes sense, but we don’t do it enough in America. Watch this, then register your backyard/community garden.

Kavita Shukla: Can a simple piece of paper keep food fresher, longer? The natural remedy healer/spice aficionado/ Indiaphile/nutritionist in me loves that this girl invented an all-natural produce preservative from her grandmother’s spice cabinet– and it’s just a piece of paper! Again, solutions are simple, and apparently right under our noses.

Birke Baehr: What’s Wrong with Our Food System (according to an 11 year old): I haven’t watched this yet, but kids always seem to have all the answers.

Watch these, and share them. It doesn’t have to be at a dinner party, but the work is exciting and deserves to be known.

With more and more of the food equity debate happening online, on twitter, through videos like these, I keep wondering about what Africans are doing to transform our local food systems, and how we can engage in similar debates through online technology. The latest buzz is about tech in Africa, and I’m eager for our own version of Changing the Way We Eat, a version that doesn’t involve the Gates Foundation or Monsanto. I’m curious about what’s already being done that’s not making it to the TED screen.

So there’s that for my unintended TED promo. I want to find more videos like these. What have you got for me? What videos would you share about food if you were hosting your own Dinner and Some Ed. Show me the links!



*Dinner and Some Ed came out of a project called Tedibles at TEDActive in Palm Springs, CA, in 2012. It is an effort to bring sustainable food to the extended TED community (meaning anyone who’s ever watched a TED talk).

See here for more information on Food Revolution Day

 The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming in support of Food Revolution Day.


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