About the Podcast

Dani Nierenberg is president of Food Tank, a non-profit working to create a global community for safe and nourished eaters. In this episode, she shares insights on our broken food system exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. She calls for civility and uses rage for positive change.

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We need to restore the ability to listen, to learn and to realize not all of us have to agree, but we can find common ground if we work at it.

About Danielle Nierenberg: 

Danielle Nierenberg, a world-renowned researcher, speaker, and advocate, on all issues relating to our food system and agriculture.

In 2013, Danielle Nierenberg co-founded Food Tank with Bernard Pollack, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Food Tank is a global convener, research organization, and non-biased creator of original research impacting the food system.

Food Tank’s Summits, held across the United States and expanding internationally, have hosted hundreds of speakers and sold-out audiences of thousands of participants, with hundreds of thousands joining via livestream reaching millions across social media. The Summits are one of the most important forums bringing together all sides of food issues for critical discussion partnered with major universities and moderated by major food journalists including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, and dozens more.

Food Tank is also publishing original articles daily and partners with over 70 major organizations including academic institutions like George Washington University and Tufts; U.N. organizations like the FAO, UNEP, and IFAD; funding and donor community organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Christensen Fund; and global nonprofits such as Slow Food USA and Oxfam America.

Danielle is the recipient of the 2020 Julia Child Award.

Discussion Takeaways:

  • The bright spot in the COVID tragedy is we can fix the problems of our food system, our safety nets, and policy.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic exposed so much of what we already know. The cracks are visible to all. There are not a ton of safety nets for food and farm workers. Our food distribution networks have snapped on a global level, and local and regional food systems stepped in. The medical system hasn’t focused on bettering preventable, diet-related diseases and using food as medicine. Hopefully, we’ll now be able to address these major issues.
  • We can do things to restore our faith in the works of our farmers. They are the backbone of food and nutrition security. They’re the ones developing resilient systems to fight hunger.
  • No matter anyone’s socioeconomic, cultural, or racial background - all people deserve access to affordable, healthy produce.
  • We need to understand the intellectual and physical infrastructure needed to endure future shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Pivot is the word of the year. Pivot, and keep pivoting.
  • We need more rage. Rage doesn’t have to be detrimental. It can create the social movements we need. Rage can be positive influence.
  • To use John Lewis’ quote we have to get into “good trouble” to oppose major systematic issues surfacing, right now. We do not have a choice.
  • Everyone can put positive rage to something you believe in.
  • Everyone’s voice has value, even the voices we don’t agree with. We need civility.
  • It is a time to reflect and a time for action.

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