In addition to preserving precious fossil fuel energy, buying food locally saves money and supports local economies. So why does everyone coast-to-coast buy their oranges from Florida? This panel explores the challenges of building a local food system, and compares the environmental and social impacts of both a local and global approach to food.- Slow Food Nation
Dan Barber is the co-owner and executive chef of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and the author of the forthcoming book, The Third Plate (May 2014, The Penguin Press). His opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times, along with many other publications.
Winona LaDuke is the Founding Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project.
Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations, and is the mother of three children. As Program Director of the Honor the Earth Fund, she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups.
She also works as Founding Director for White Earth Land Recovery Project.
In 1994, Winona was nominated by Time magazine as one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the BIHA Community Service Award in 1997, the Ann Bancroft Award for Women's Leadership Fellowship, and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project.
A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, Winona has written extensively on Native American and Environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves, as co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network, a North American and Pacific indigenous women's organization. In 1998, Ms. Magazine named her Woman of the Year for her work with Honor the Earth. Also in 1997, her first novel, "Last Standing Woman", was published by Voyager Press. In 1999, South End Press published "All Our Relations", a non-fiction book on Native environmental struggles. Both books are available through the Native Harvest catalog. Winona's editorials and essays have also been published numerous times in national and international journals and newspapers. Links to a few of her recent articles can be found at left.
Gary Paul Nabhan is an ecologist, ethnobotanist, and writer whose work has focused primarily on the plants and cultures of the desert Southwest.
A first generation Lebanese-American, Nabhan was raised in Gary, Indiana. He served as Director of Science at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and co-founded Native Seeds/SEARCH, a nonprofit conservation organization that works to preserve indigenous southwestern agricultural plants as well as knowledge of their uses. Nabhan is currently director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University.
Among his books are The Desert Smells Like Rain, Cultures of Habitat, Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes, and Cultural Diversity, Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation, Cross-pollinations: The Marriage of Science and Poetry, Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods, and Gathering the Desert, which won the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished natural history writing. He was also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
Nabhan has been a significant contributor in calling attention to the environmental issue of pollinator decline. He co-authored with Stephen L. Buchmann one of the key works on the topic - The Forgotten Pollinators from Island Press (1996).
James Oseland is the editor-in-chief of Saveur. He was twice recognized by Australia's Jacob's Creek World Food Media Awards for his work for the magazine: Three of his Saveur articles led to his nomination as best food writer in 2004, and he was a silver-medal recipient for his 2001 piece Lady Baltimore Eats.
The Spice of Time, also written for Saveur, was nominated for a 2002 James Beard Award, the top honor in the culinary world. Additionally, he has written for Vogue, Gourmet, Food & Wine and Time Out New York.
He is the author of Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, to be published by W.W. Norton in August 2006. As an editor, he has worked at Organic Style, the Village Voice, L.A. Weekly, TV Guide, Vibe, Sassy, and American Theatre, where he was formerly the managing editor. He teaches cooking classes at New Yorkâ€™s Institute for Culinary Education and the New School.
Before becoming a journalist, Oseland wrote, ghostwrote and acted in numerous films, including Guncrazy (Showtime, 1993, starring Drew Barrymore). A California native, he now lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Michael Pollan is the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, a New York Times bestseller.
His previous books include The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World (2001); A Place of My Own (1997); and Second Nature (1991). A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003 and the Reuters-I.U.C.N. 2000 Global Award for Environmental Journalism.
Pollan served for many years as executive editor of Harper's Magazine and is now the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley. His articles have been anthologized in Best American Science Writing 2004, Best American Essays 2003, and the Norton Book of Nature Writing.
Professor and author Michael Pollan explains how the growing desire for local foods is forcing larger chains to start supporting the local food movement. He also discusses with Gary Nabhan, founder of the Renewing America’s Food Traditions Alliance, about the benefits of eating locally, both for our environment and for our food safety.
Winona LaDuke, activist, author, and Founding Director of White Earth Land Recovery Project, suggests that in addition to eating locally, importing food also plays a vital dietary and economic role if done fairly and sustainably.