#1. Tristram Stuart - The global food waste scandal.
I first heard this gem on my hour commute into the city and nearly drove right off the highway. Not only is Tristram absolutely hilarious, but he is also incredible practical. While his stories of feeding pigs in London using only food scraps from the local supermarket might be difficult for us urban dwelling canadians to relate to, I found his very British approach to reducing food waste entirely sensible. This talk will surely leave you questioning your own contribution to the global food scandal in a country that produces FOUR times the amount of food energy required by our population. You might even find yourself conducting "unofficial waste bin inspections", requesting bread crusts at your local sandwich maker, and empowered to bring about change.
#2. Cara Rosaen - Why food transparency matters.
I connected with Cara as quickly as she was able to tell the story about her reaction to the time her dad called her and excitedly invited her over to enjoy "super sale ribs" from his local supermarket. We are clearly the same person. Cara captivatingly paints a story about our food system and the need for greater transparency and education about the food that we consume. After this talk you will start questioning what a tomato really is and where it comes from. She is honest about her failures, incredibly relatable and makes you instantly feel like she is someone you want to know.
Cara is the founder of Real Time Farms and has written for the Huffington Post.
#3. Dr. Charlene Elliot - Food as Entertainment
This is an informative talk about food marketing to children. Although slightly reserved, Dr. Elliiot is like a secret ninja exposing the realities of how the food industry markets to children and what makes us feed our kids things that we think are healthy. "Normal food looks like food - it doesn't come shaped into stars and castles, it doesn't glow in the dark, it doesn't magically transform. Children's food, in contrast, is edible entertainment. It is to be consumed for reasons that have completely nothing to do with nutrition, or health, or sustenance."
Dr. Elliott holds a CIHR Research Chair in Food Marketing, Policy and Children's Health. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture and the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, and is Co-Director of the Nutrition Principles and Policies Program, out of the Alberta Children's Hospital.