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Hacking the supply chain: Pete Russell

Hacking the supply chain: Pete Russell

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Pete Russell is a local food advocate, social entrepreneur and founder of Ooooby. After seeing first hand the destructive nature of globalized food and the accelerating demand for local alternatives during his time at a multi-million dollar food business, Pete became committed to working in the local food space. Driven by a passion for developing smart systems for food sales and logistics, Out of our own backyards (Ooooby) is the result of his work — a local food operation delivering to hundreds of Auckland doorsteps each week.

Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria

Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria

Once it’s created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic — specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home.

Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao have identified a new bacteria that breaks down nasty compounds called phthalates, common to flexible plastics and linked to health problems. And they’re still teenagers.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THEM?

After a visit to a plastic-filled waste transfer station last year, students Miranda Wang andJeanny Yao learned that much of the plastic in trash may not degrade for 5,000 years. Synthesized into plastics are phthalates, compounds that make shower curtain liners, food wraps and other products bendable but may also adversely impact human reproductive development and health.  As plastics slowly break down, these phthalates would leach into the surrounding environment.

So, the two young scientists tackled the problem and ultimately discovered strains of bacteria that have the potential to naturally degrade phthalates. Their work earned a regional first place in British Columbia for the 2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada, as well as a special award for the most commercial potential at the contest’s finals.

The Value of Impact: Ned Breslin

The Value of Impact: Ned Breslin

How do non-profits monitor tangible and beneficial outcomes? When is transparency useful? Ned Breslin pauses to discuss not just transparency, but the hard questions and monitoring that ultimately lead to real, lasting impact.

 

Change the World by Changing the Conversations at the Water Cooler: Heather Evans

Change the World by Changing the Conversations at the Water Cooler: Heather Evans

Heather Evans is a business professional for a Fortune 500 company. Technically, she’s a change agent, which she admits is an awesome job, even if most people don’t really know what a “change agent” is.

 

The Power of Quiet

The Power of Quiet

The world is full of noise and those that are the loudest are the ones we tend to follow but what about the quiet ones?

Author Susan Cain shines a spotlight on introverts and reveals how over time our society has come to look to extroverts as leaders. Not suggesting that one is better than the other, Susan argues that the world needs an equal space between introverts and extroverts; that an innovative, creative world wouldn’t be the same without the two coming together.

 

An Ultra Low Energy Lifestyle: Stephanie Horowitz

An Ultra Low Energy Lifestyle: Stephanie Horowitz

Where and how we live have always spoken volumes about who we are. In this TEDxBeaconStreet talk, Stephanie Horowitz, an Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant, shows how our homes and lifestyle choices offer a unique opportunity to express our environmental values. Stephanie presents a project in Brookline, MA that, through thoughtful design, detailing, and construction, achieves a 70-80% reduction in energy use and carbon footprint, relative to conventional new homes.

 

Rachel Kyte on future philanthropy, citizens and cities

Rachel Kyte on future philanthropy, citizens and cities

On 31 May at the 24th EFC AGA and Conference in Copenhagen, Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank, spoke on the global difficulties concerning financing sustainability initiatives and how foundations, municipal governments and the World Bank might work together to find solutions.

 

Inspiration for the Global Environment

Inspiration for the Global Environment

His Holiness the Dalai lama will give a talk on “Inspiration for the Global Environment” at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, USA on May 11, 2013.

 

Marketing Food to Children: Anna Lappe

Marketing Food to Children: Anna Lappe

Author and activist Anna Lappe takes on the billion-dollar business of marketing junk food, soda, and fast food to children and teens. With diet-related related illnesses alarmingly on the rise, pervasive marketing of junk food to kids is downright dangerous. The food industry says its up to parents to raise healthy kids. Lappe agrees, that’s why she says leave parenting to her–and the millions of moms and dads trying to raise healthy kids. Learn about the dubious marketing tactics of the junk food giants and the ways you can fight back to promote kids’ health.

Anna Lappe is a national bestselling author and a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund. Anna’s most recent book is Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, named by Booklist and Kirkus as one of the best environmental book’s of the year. She is the co-author of Hope’s Edge, which chronicles social movements fighting hunger around the world, and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, with seasonal menus by chef Bryant Terry. A popular educator about sustainable food and farming, Anna has participated in hundreds of events, from hosting community dinners to delivering university keynotes to emceeing a food-focused fundraiser at Sotheby’s. She is currently the director of the Real Food Media Project, a new series of myth-busting videos about the real story of our food.

 

Good Foods Taste Great: David McInerney

Good Foods Taste Great: David McInerney

Join FreshDirect’s co-founder David McInerney, as he champions changing the way people eat as a featured speaker at the 2013 TEDx Manhattan conference. McInerney travels the world meeting with hundreds of farmers, fisherman, and ranchers to source the healthiest, freshest, highest quality foods in existence for FreshDirect’s customers. During his travels, McInerney has become keenly aware that there is a fundamental flaw in our food system, which forces our farmers to grow food for transport rather than taste. What’s more, today fresh foods don’t taste like they should; people aren’t eating them, and processed foods are winning–and its crippling our country’s health. During TEDx Manhattan, McInerney calls on the retailer and the consumer to help change our broken food cycle and join in his taste crusade, to allow farmers to grow good foods that taste great, helping to change the way people eat, and change the world.

David McInerney has been on a “tastes-great” crusade for the past twenty years. A former French-trained chef, he is a co-founder of FreshDirect.com, the leading online grocer in the U.S.

In strategically setting the direction for food at FreshDirect, David helps educate and provide higher quality fresh food to millions in New York and Philadelphia. Every year, he spends the majority of his time visiting and building relationships with local and global farmers, ranchers, and fishermen, giving him a rare view across the entire sustainable food spectrum.
David started his food career while studying and working in Burgundy under renowned chef Bernard Loiseau at his Michelin 3-Star restaurant La Cote d’Or and later under legendary New York Chef David Bouley.

He is a sought after speaker and food educator. He has dedicated his life to changing the way consumers eat, and how the industry sources fresh, healthy, sustainable foods.