Food Tank: The Food Think Tank

In Brief

2012?; Chicago; global food system; sust. agriculture

Description

(2013, Chicago; http://foodtank.com).

Mission: “Building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters by spotlighting environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty, and creating networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.”  Highlights success in agriculture via various communications strategies (e.g., weekly newsletters covering many topics, TED talks, social media, publications such as Food Tank by the Numbers [2014, 18p], webinars, etc.) that feature innovative ideas for working in cities, kitchens, fields and laboratories.  Focus Areas: Soil, True Cost Accounting (e.g., environmental impacts), Democratizing Innovation (i.e., promoting new thinking done by small farmers), Food Waste, Nutrient Density (2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies), Family Farmers, Urban Food Systems, Climate Change Resilience, Biocultural Landscapes (holistic system of indigenous culture and nature shaped by human management over a long period of time), the Milan Protocol (connecting citizens and policy makers to address food sustainability), Sustainable Agriculture, Hunger and Obesity, Women and Youth in Agriculture.  Partners with ~50 organizations such as the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, Save Our Soils and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.  Publishes an Annual Report.  Sponsors and participates in a variety of events (e.g., World Pasta Day and Congress).  Budget: ~$330K/yr.  President: Danielle Nierenberg (former Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher).  9 staff.

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