Upcoming Event: James Beard Foundation Food Conference Examines How Money and Media Influence the Way America Eats
Second Annual National Food Conference – co-hosted by Good Housekeeping – puts “Sustainability on the Table”
(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) New York, NY – October 7, 2011 – The James Beard Foundation (JBF) will host the second annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference – “Sustainability on the Table: How Money and Media Influence the Way America Eats” – at the Hearst Tower in New York City on October 12 and 13. Co-hosted by Good Housekeeping, the invitation-only conference will bring together a diverse group of thought leaders and stakeholders in the food system to serve up stimulating conversation and examine the complex issues surrounding how money and media influence what and how we eat.“By bringing people working and interested in diverse areas of the food system together to align values, identify challenges, provide inspiration, and share insight we hope to discover the most effective levers of change in the food system,” said Mitchell Davis, Vice President of the James Beard Foundation. “As we enter our 25th anniversary year, we want the James Beard Foundation to be known as a place that not only celebrates the bounty of American cuisine and those people who create it, but also where thought leaders can convene to address the most important issues facing the food industry and our society.” “For more than 125 years, Good Housekeeping has been synonymous with American cooking, and from the very first issue, we’ve advocated for safe, healthy food,” said Rosemary Ellis, editor in chief of Good Housekeeping. “Co-hosting the James Beard Foundation’s conference on food and sustainability reinforces our commitment to promoting a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle, which we support through our Green Good Housekeeping Seal. Holding the event at the Hearst Tower, the first gold-LEED-certified office building in New York City, makes perfect sense.” The James Beard Foundation Food Conference will provide a unique platform to address major food-related challenges facing America by focusing on diverse topics, including sustainability, urban farming, public health, childhood nutrition, and the complex structure of the food system. The agenda is based on a series of regional roundtable discussions with farmers, philanthropists, business people, policy makers, chefs, and food system experts. These “salons,” which in keeping with this year’s themes are exploring the intersection of food and pop culture, will have taken place in Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN; Louisville, KY; and New York City. Through various presentations, panels, group discussions, and other guided conversations, the Food Conference will address many of the common themes discussed by the top influencers in the food system who attended these regional meetings led by Mitchell Davis and Karen Karp of Karp Resources. Topics that will be covered during the Food Conferenceinclude:
How money, incentives, and industry concentration influence our food system.
How our food choices are shaped by the media.
How social media is impacting our decisions about food.
What we are learning about the structure of the food system.
How images of food in various media impact our food choices and eating behaviors.