A few years ago, I considered myself the average food obsessed eater. I took excessive food photos, day dreamed about what to cook or bake next, stalked the latest restaurant openings, was an expert at securing reservations at the most coveted restaurants, devoured book, magazines, documentaries, TV shows on food, grocery stores and markets far and wide were staple must visit destinations during my travels. While I still do all these things, my story as an eater took a different path because my life changed and so Asulia was born.
I now see food from a different perspective because of Asulia. I went from foodie to food maker. I’m more aware of where our food comes from and ultimately how food ends up on shelves and on our plates and forks. To say it’s complicated is an understatement to say the least. Soil and air quality, pollution, waste water, GMO, non-GMO, nutrients, plant based foods, super foods, humane animal practices, packaging, the case for plant based foods for our cardiovascular health, adult and childhood obesity, sourcing ingredients, food manufacturing, relationships with small farmers and big agriculture and food companies, USDA, FDA, food labeling, endangered seeds, food distribution and logistics. The list goes on. Although these are not the pretty words associated with drool worthy food photos, it effects all of us in ways we don’t necessarily see.
This week on March 7th, 2015 TEDxManhattan is hosting “Changing the Way We Eat“. I’ll be in the big apple ready to learn and talk with fellow attendees and speakers about food! This event brings people together who care about food to take action year-round. I can’t wait to share my experience with you.
The full list of speakers is here. I believe like Brian Halweil, editor of Edible East End, and co-publisher of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan that “what we eat is not the problem; it is the solution.”
This year, viewers can expect discussions on family farming, organic food, local food distribution, and ugly vegetables.” Danielle Nierenberg, President Food Tank
TEDxMANHATTAN will be broadcast live on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from LIVE from 10:30am – 6:00pm EST HERE or sign up for a reminder. Last year there were 150 viewing parties around the world. Host your own viewing party or find one to join on this map!