Jerusha Klemperer's Health | Tech | Food Speaking points


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Jerusha Klemperer, of Slow Food, provided these speaking points to stimulate discussion at the Health | Tech | Food event on February 8, 2011 in New York City.

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Jerusha Klemperer's Health | Tech | Food Speaking points

  1. 1. Join the movement for a good, clean & fair food system<br />Slow Food USA is a network of volunteer chapters all over the country who are working to transform the food system, both locally and nationally.<br />twitter: @SlowFoodUSA<br />
  2. 2. What is a Food System?<br />Food system: A food system includes all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food and food-related items.<br /> <br />Seed to Table<br />Farm to Fork<br />Ground to Garbage<br />People like me are interested in a systems approach to transformation of food in this country.<br />
  3. 3. What is a Foodshed?<br />Foodshed: A foodshed is everything between where a food is produced and where a food is consumed -- the land it grows on, the routes it travels, the markets it goes through, the tables it ends up gracing.<br />
  4. 4. What’s Broken in Our Food System Nationally?(i.e. “the food is so bad – and the portions are terrible!”)<br />Federal policy is not supporting a good, clean, fair system (GE alfalfa, subsidies)<br />Subsidies (of commodity crops, via The (Food and) Farm Bill<br />Moves like recent GE alfalfa decision, presents major hardship to organic industry<br />Access. Good, real, healthy food not accessible to everyone (cost, access)<br />Food Deserts<br />Food pricing<br />Health. Food, and the way we are relating to it, is making us unhealthy: <br />We are totally disconnected from the story behind our food: How did it get to our plate? Who grew it? How was it grown? How did it get to the farmers market/store/FreshDirect? How did it get to my plate?<br />People are willfully blind—even people who are beginning to be interested can practice willful blindness—we rely on labels like organic or free-range to make us feel OK and get us off the hook from knowing what was really involved in making this food.<br />93% of children can identify McDonald’s golden arches, but most can’t identify basic fruits and vegetables<br />We don’t understand how to eat: Michael Pollan’s food rules (“chew slowly”), recent USDA dietary guidelines: “Enjoy your food, eat less.” Speaking of eating less:<br />Obesity/Diabetes. The true cost of cheap food:<br />In the 60s, Americans spent 17% of household budget on food, 6% on health care. Now, 9% on food, 16% on health care.<br />this generation first to have shorter life span than their parents<br />nearly 1 in 3 children in America are overweight or obese. <br />1/3 of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives (if it’s children of color it might be as high as 1 in 2); many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.<br />4 of top ten biggest killers right now are diet-related diseases<br />
  5. 5. Jeepers! It all sounds like very bad news.<br />So…..Answers:<br />Fix federal policy<br />Address food deserts and food pricing<br />Spend more on food, encourage food as preventative medicine<br />Learn the story behind your food<br />
  6. 6. That was a National Framework<br />Food especially is an issue that can be addressed nationally but sometimes better to look at on a local level. What about on a local level? What are some things we need to fix in NYC?<br />
  7. 7. Problem Statements to Solve for:<br />How can we use social technology to connect peri urban, suburban and rural farmers to consumers to bring more fresh fruit & vegetables to the city to improve the health of New Yorkers?<br />How can we use social technology to increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables specifically in food deserts?<br />How can we use social technology to help New Yorkers learn the story behind their food so that they make better choices?<br />How can social technology reconnect New Yorkers with scratch cooking knowledge and the cooking traditions of their great grandmothers?<br />How can social technology empower New Yorkers to grow some of their own food in their communities/on their windowsills & roofs & backyards?<br />How can social technology increase opportunities for people to share food & share knowledge/skills about how to can/preserve/pickle, decreasing New Yorkers’ reliance on processed and prepared foods?<br />How can we use social technology to help New Yorkers decipher food labels in order to make healthier choices?<br /> <br />FYI: Christine Quinn’s report: Nov 22, “FoodWorks,” examination of the whole system –“ground to garbage”—and proposed solutions for NYC and foodshed.<br />