Leading Voices for a Sustainable Food System

Leading Voices for a Sustainable Food System

April 7, 2011 Roots of Change

When you think about climate change does agriculture and the food system come to mind? The direct connection between the two may not always be evident but they are unavoidably linked.  As part of our Healthy Food & Planet series we hope to get you thinking about how our everyday choices on food affect the environment. This week’s piece focuses on a few exemplary writers that are shaping the conversation around climate change and food.  Find out more about these individuals leading the way with innovative ideas, advice and information.

Tom philpott @ Grist: Tom Philpott is Grist’s senior food and agriculture writer. In 2008 Food & Wine magazine named Philpott one of the “ten innovators” who “will continue to shape the culinary consciousness of our country for the next 30 years.” Philpott’s work includes Grist’s Nitrogen Dilemma series, an effort to raise awareness on agriculture’s effect on the environment.

Wes Jackson @ The Land Institute: Wes Jackson is the founder and president of The Land Institute, he has been a pioneer in the sustainable food movement for over 30 years. Jackson’s books and publications highlight the challenges in our food system while providing sustainable alternative solutions, particularly related to mid-western agriculture.

Anna Lappé  @ Small Planet Institute: Anna Lappé is a widely respected author and educator, renowned for her work as a sustainable food advocate. In 2006 Time magazine recognized her work and named Lappé an “Eco-Who’s Who”. Her latest book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It takes a look at the food industry’s contribution to greenhouse gases and alternative solutions to lessen the effects.

Mark Hertsgaard @ The Nation: Mark Hertsgaard is The Nation’s environment correspondent. He has covered climate change for twenty years and is the author of six books, including, most recently, HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.

Please let us know who you think should be added to this list. Please leave a comment/suggestion by click on “add comment” below. Next week we will compile your suggestions and post them on Facebook.