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TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat" Announces Speaker Line-Up for March 1st All Day Event

Led by Food & Farming Experts, the Live Streamed TEDx Event Will Explore the Food System and Sustainability

NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, March 1st from 10:30am-6:30pm EST, the much anticipated TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat" will once again take place in New York City. With a brilliant line-up of experts, TEDxManhattan invites communities, organizations, and individuals to watch the program live and organize viewing parties for this one-day TEDx event that will explore the state of the food system and progress toward sustainability in eating and farming. 


The webcast will air at

The independently organized event will gather speakers and audience members from diverse backgrounds to create new synergies, connections, and collaborations across disciplines. The goal of the event is to help break the food movement out of its bubble and introduce the TED/TEDx audience and viewers across the country to the innovative work being done to elevate the food system to one that is more equitable, healthier, and sustainable for all.

Some of the most important experts in the food movement will speak, including:

  • Regina Bernard-Carreno (Baruch College, CUNY) – Hunting for Food: Race, Class and Access in New York City
  • David Binkle, Los Angeles Unified School District – Los Angeles Unified School District: Changing What Students Eat At School
  • Alison Cayne, Haven's Kitchen – The Food Movement in Historical Context
  • Virginia Clarke, Sustainable Agriculture Food System Funders – The Role of Philanthropy in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Tom Colicchio, Craft Restaurant – Vote Food
  • Myra Goodman, Earthbound Farm – In Praise of Big Organic
  • Andrew Gunther, Animal Welfare Approved – How Big Business Had the Right Idea but Went Wrong
  • Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United – Restaurant Workers
  • Megan Miller, Bitty – Crickets as a Protein Source
  • Peggy Neu, The Monday Campaigns – Meatless Monday: A Simple Idea Goes Global
  •  Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, U.S. House of Representatives (Maine) - Congress and a Sustainable Food System
  • Lance Prince, George Washington University – The Negative Effects on Human Health of Antibiotic Use in Animal Production
  • Michael Rozyne, Red Tomato – Local Food Distribution: All That's Invisible to the Eaters
  • Nikki Silvestri, Green for All – The Complexity and Rich Experience of Building True Allies
  • Clint Smith, Parkdale High School – Resilience: Reframing the Narrative Around Our Students
  • Matthew Moore, The Digital Farm Collective – Social Change Artists and the Food Movement
  • Sunny Young, Good Food for Oxford Schools (TEDxManhattan Challenge winner) - School Food in Mississippi

There is no fee associated with hosting an official viewing party, just compliance with TED's rules. TEDx viewing parties must be free of charge to an audience of up to 100 people, show the webcast free of any advertising or promotion for sponsors, and follow TED's guidelines regarding commercial and non-commercial venues. Though the conference is best viewed in its entirety, viewing parties in different time zones and hosts facing other scheduling issues may show just one or two sessions and still register as an official viewing party for TEDxManhattan.

Go to to access the webcast and watch the event live and to locate or set up a viewing party in your area. Videos of the talks will be posted after the conference.

The lead sponsor for TEDxManhattan is the nonprofit program Change Food.

About TEDxManhattan

TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat" is licensed and organized by Diane Hatz, founder and Executive Director of Change Food. The first event took place in February 2011; the fourth event will happen on March 1, 2014.  In 2013, approximately 15,000 computers tuned into the event along with 59 viewing parties that totalled 3,600 people.  The Twitter reach was 31 million people. 

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat", where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxManhattan event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. (

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.                                  

TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Contact: Rachel Krupa, Krupa Consulting                     

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