Panels

Future Thought Leaders panel discussions

Free and open to the public, this thought-provoking series of multidisciplinary panels present varying viewpoints on sustainable food-related topics, such as the climate benefits of creating carbon-rich soil, the impact of meat production and consumption, strategies for combatting food waste and ways to build a more sustainable seafood system. UCTV videotapes the panel discussions, distributing the broadcast through its networks.

Safe Harbor

The fourth and final multidisciplinary panel discussion presented in 2016 by the BGFF, Safe Harbor (Sustainable Seafood: Myths, Truths & Misinformation) took place on November 16th at United Portuguese Hall on Point Loma. In collaboration with the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, the panel of scientists and fishmongers included celebrity chef Rick Moonen, an early pioneer of sustainable seafood. Local chefs Davin Waite and Isabel Cruz prepared several dishes using a giant opah from Catalina Offshore Products alongside some delicious vegan options for the crowd.

Read our recap to learn about the state of our oceans and how we can make the best choices both at the market and in restaurants.

Read about the scholarships we presented to three local fishermen in collaboration with the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival.

“Safe Harbor” panelists:

Stay updated on our other panel discussions:
February 2, 2016: Soil Matters
May 17, 2016: Meaty Issues
August 23, 2016: Reimagining Food Waste
Free admission, with food and drink provided before the event.

Reimagining Food Waste

The third of four multidisciplinary panel discussions presented in 2016 by the BGFF, Reimagining Food Waste took place on August 23rd at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center. Cooks-in-training at Kitchens for Good teamed up with local restaurant chefs to prepare a delicious feast for attendees made from ingredients that are often thrown out, like carrot tops and day-old bread.

Read our recap to learn several tips on how you can help reduce food waste in your own home and community.

“Reimagining Food Waste” panelists:

  • Michelle Ciccarelli Lerach: moderator and founder of the Berry Good Food Foundation
  • Sarah Boltwala-Mesina: Founder & Director of Inika Small Earth, whose latest project includes Food2Soil, a co-operative effort between local restaurants and community gardens to manage food waste responsibly and resourcefully
  • Heather Dane: Health coach, co-author with Louise Hay of The Bone Broth Secret and Radio Show Host on Hay House Radio
  • Kevin G. Davis: Clean tech investor and pioneer; principal in San Diego-based GreenCore Capital and Advisor to ECORGlobal.com
  • Jennifer Gilmore: Executive Director at KitchensforGood.org, former Executive Director of FeedingAmerica.org and 2013 recipient of the Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Visionary Award for her contribution to hunger relief in San Diego
  • Maria Hesse: Personal chef, food waste educator, freelance writer, and author of The Intentionalist Cooks!
  • Ylfa Muindi: Educational Program Manager at 1to1 Movement, whose programming includes Achieving Waste Awareness with Youth (AWAY) and the Stacked mobile classroom
  • Anita Raj, PhD: Professor of Medicine & Global Health and Founding Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health at UC San Diego
  • Noel Stehly: Organic Farmer, rancher and co-owner of Stehly Farms Organics, Stehly Ranch and Stehly Farms Market
  • Allie Tarantino: Dispatcher at Specialty Produce; creator of Waste Not SD, a collaborative effort between Specialty Produce, its restaurant partners, and the San Diego Food Bank
  • Chris Young: Founder of Closing the Loop, which recently acquired Recon Recycling, a zero-waste recycling solution for homes and businesses from which animal feed, energy and raw materials for business manufacturing is produced

Stay updated on our other panel discussions:
February 2, 2016: Soil Matters
May 17, 2016: Meaty Issues
RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW for November 16, 2016: Sustainable seafood
Free admission, with food and drink provided before the event.

Meaty Issues

The second of four multidisciplinary panel discussions presented in 2016 by the BGFF, Meaty Issues, Meat Friend or Foe? took place on May 17th at the Scripps Research Institute Auditorium. Panelists (listed in detail below) included vegans, omnivores, researchers, a cardiologist, a nutritionist, and a rancher. The discussion was divided into four sections: environment, animal welfare, human health, and technology.

Major takeaways of the discussion: Americans consume more meat on a daily basis than is healthy for them or the environment, understanding the dangers of having high levels of antibiotics in our meat, the environmental repercussions of meat production that require immediate action, and suggestions for what we as consumers can do to improve the situation.

Click the links on the right to watch video of the panel discussion on YouTube, listen to it on SoundCloud, or read the re-cap on the BGFF blog.

“Meaty Issues” panelists:

Stay updated on our other panel discussions:
February 2, 2016: Soil Matters
August 23, 2016: Reimagining Food Waste

RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW for November 16, 2016: Sustainable seafood
Free admission, with food and drink provided before the event.

Soil Matters

The first of four multidisciplinary panel discussions presented in 2016 by the BGFF, “Soil Matters: Climate Change’s Hottest Topic” took place on February 2nd at the University of California, San Diego. The video is currently ranked in the top 20 most-watched UCTV uploads with more than 87,000 views, and trended as a “top tweet” for UCTV on Twitter. The discussion is also highlighted on its new UC Climate Solutions Channel.

Panelists included organic farmers, scientists, food advocates, and a sustainable retailer. The major takeaway? Creating carbon-rich soil can have a big impact on climate change. We need to embrace “carbon farming” or “regenerative agriculture,” which absorbs carbon from the atmosphere and puts it back in the ground where it belongs. This was the natural balance of the ecosystem before conventional agriculture distorted it with invasive practices.

Click the links on the right to watch video of the panel discussion on YouTube, listen to it on SoundCloud, or read the re-cap on the BGFF blog.

“Soil Matters” panelists:

  • Michelle Lerach: founder of BerryGoodFood.org
  • Calla Rose Ostrander: climate change advisor, the Jena and Michael King Foundation
  • Ryland Engelhart: cofounder of Kiss the Ground
  • Scott Murray: organic farmer and board president of the Mission Resource Conservation District
  • Pablo Rojas: rancher and livestock manager at Rancho el Mogor in Baja, Mexico
  • Kara Wentworth: doctoral candidate in Communication and Science Studies at UC San Diego
  • Dr. Justine Owen: soil scientist at University of California, Berkeley
  • David Bronner: CEO of Dr. Bronner’s organic personal care products
  • Dr. Keith Pezzoli: director Urban Studies and Planning, UC San Diego

Stay updated on our other panel discussions:
May 17, 2016: Meaty Issues
August 23, 2016: Reimagining Food Waste

RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW for November 16, 2016: Sustainable seafood
Free admission, with food and drink provided before the event.

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