How might we ensure access to healthy and sustainable food for everyone? While there is no simple solution to this question, the magnitude of this pressing global issue didn’t stop student leaders across the globe from coming together to pose solutions at our most recent Global Leadership Summit. In an effort to help inspire students to think outside of the box, attendees had the opportunity to hear from three world-renowned speakers. Anthony Bourdain, Raj Patel, and Stephen Ritz all showed up to weigh in on how food connects plates, people, politics, and culture.
While it would be impossible to do each keynote speech justice in just one blog post, below is a highlight of some of the most inspiring pieces of advice each speaker left us with after exiting the stage.
Anthony Bourdain is a celebrity chef, author, and Emmy Award-winning TV host. He’s best known for his culinary and cultural knowledge, as well as his biting observations of the world’s most exotic dishes as host of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations and, most recently, CNN’s Parts Unknown. Bourdain does not identify himself as an expert when it comes to the topic of food, but rather as an enthusiast and a storyteller.
- Try to travel the world without being judgmental.
- Do the research, understand the customs of the locations you’re visiting.
- Live by the “Grandma rule,” when dining abroad – when you’re in your grandma’s house, you eat what she puts on the table in front of you.
- Get creative, use all of your ingredients, waste nothing.
- Leave yourself open to wander and make mistakes, that is when you’ll find the best places.
Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx, NY educator and innovator who believes his students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn and earn. He founded the nonprofit Green Bronx Machine, and together his students have grown over 40,000 pounds of produce and created more than 2,200 jobs– all in the poorest congressional district in America. In all his efforts, Ritz has been working with his students to grow justice, not just food.
- Strive towards putting the culture back in agriculture.
- Food is a problem for many, but it can also be a solution. We need to teach kids how to grow food.
- We are all foodies, farmers, and futurists – everyone eats.
- “Set the biggest, most inclusive table possible.”
- “Know more, care more, and do more.”
Raj Patel is an author, journalist, professor, and food policy expert who holds degrees from Oxford University, the London School of Economics, and Cornell University. As a recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2016, his views on food distribution and globalization are some of the most respected in the world. Raj inspires us all to get out of our bubbles and impact change.
- Everyone is responsible for what they eat, BUT we don’t get all the information we need to make smart choices.
- “A food system doesn’t just produce food, it also produces you. YOU are made by the food system.”
- “The confusion about what to put in our bodies is not a bug in the modern food system, it’s a feature.”
- “To end hunger, you need to understand how big the food system is.”
- “That feeling of ‘that’s not fair’ is inside everyone, and it’s a powerful motivator. Use it to empower change.”
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