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Changing the Way We Eat 2012 
Start Date/Time: Saturday, January 21, 2012 9:00 AM 
End Date/Time: Saturday, January 21, 2012 5:30 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Category: Bethesda Green Event

Changing the Way We Eat 2012

TEDxManhattan Viewing Party at Bethesda Green
4825 Cordell Ave
Second Floor above the Capital One Bank

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 9 am5:30 pm

Co-Hosted by: Bethesda Green, Full Plate Ventures and Slow Food DC


TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” will take place January 21, 2012, in New York City.  The one-day event will highlight several aspects of the sustainable food movement and the work being done to shift our food system from industrially based agriculture to one in which healthy, nutritious food is accessible to all. Speakers with various backgrounds in food and farming will share their insights and expertise. 

This free event will be simulcast at Bethesda Green with breaks throughout the day to learn about our burgeoning local food movement and opportunities to engage in our community. Come meet others and learn what’s emerging in Montgomery County. Visitors will have a chance to learn about local opportunities throughout the day. No need to stay for the whole day. Drop in as your schedule allows.

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Visit Invited Speakers to see the TEDx speakers.

We've had an overwhelming response to attend our TEDx local viewing party -- Changing the Way We Eat -- this Saturday, Jan 21.  While formal registration for the event is closed, guests are invited to visit throughout the day.  If you plan to join us for breakfast or lunch, please email

Lunch is our local, seasonal potluck lunch challenge (see details below).  Free weekend parking is available in the public garage on Woodmont Avenue, a block from Bethesda Green.

If you can't stay for the whole day, select your visit by program offerings. Here are the highlights:

9 am - 10:30 am -- Welcome to Bethesda Green and Who’s in the Room?

10:30 am - 12:05 pm -- TEDx Session 1 - ISSUES

  • Birke Baehr -- Factory Farming
  • David Wallinga, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy -- Antibiotic Resistance
  • Dr. Urvashi Rangan, PhD, Consumers Union -- Labeling and the Controversy Around It
  • Wenonah Hauter, Dood & Water Watch -- Food/Farming Consolidation in the Poultry Industry
  • Patty Cantrell, Regional Food Solutions -- New Roads to Market
  • Dr. Bob Lawrence, Johns Hopkins -- Health, Meat Reduction and Consumption

12:05 pm - 1:20 pm -- Local Lunch Potluck Challenge

If you join us for lunch, please bring a seasonal, locally-grown and/or locally produced dish to share -- homemade is encouraged -- according to the category by last name.  Honest Tea, hot tea, and coffee will be provided.  There is a refrigerator but no warming facilities.

A-H -- appetizers, bread, cheeses, spreads, veggies

I-P -- main dishes, side dishes

Q-Z -- desserts including fruit

Our Local Discussion Panel

  • Growing Legacy On Metro’s Edge -- a film teaser by Mark Leisher Productions
  • Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve -- Kristina Bostick, Montgomery Countryside Alliance
  • Introducing the new Montgomery Food Council -- Caroline Taylor, Montgomery Countryside Alliance
  • Local Food Goes Digital: Connecting local food producers with buyers on the web -- Cheryl Kollin, direct to consumer; and Kash Rehman, Foodem for wholesale markets
  • Tracing your food from farm to fork -- Dick Stoner, Maryland Small Farmers Cooperative
  • Hunger in Bethesda? -- Susan Kirk, Bethesda Cares

1:20 pm - 3:15 pm -- TEDx Session 2 - IMPACT

  • Jamie Oliver
  • Mitchell David, James Beard Foundation -- How Taste Affects Food Behavior
  • Fred Kirschenmann -- Soil
  • Stephen Ritz, Green Bronx Machine -- Edible Food Walls and How They're Changing Students' Lives
  • Wayne Pacell, Humane Society -- Impact of Factory Farming
  • Howard Hinterhuer -- Veterans' Food Production Project
  • Michelle Hughes, GrowNYC -- Immigrant Farming

3:15 pm -3:45 pm -- Hunger For Change - Intro to new local discussion circle with Marney Bruce, Simplicity Matters

3:45 pm - 5:30 pm -- TEDx Session 3 - INNOVATION

  • Arthur Potts Dawson -- A Vision for Sustainable Restaurants
  • Stefani Bardin
  • Marianne Cufone, Recirculating Farms -- What They Are and How They're Helping People
  • Kavita Fenugreen
  • Bary Oppenheimer, -- Food Pantries and Food Distribution
  • Cara Rosaen, Real Time Farms -- Online System for Restaurant-Goers
  • Paul Lightfoot, Bright Farms -- Commercial Hydroponics on Store Roofs

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm -- Closing thoughts at Bethesda Green

This TEDx local viewing party is presented by: Bethesda Green, Full Plate Ventures, and SlowFood DC.

We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors' food and drink donations for this event: South Mountain Creamery, Honest Tea, and Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company.


Bethesda Green brings business, government and community together to promote a healthy economy and sustainable living practices in order to reduce our collective impace on the environment.

Cheryl Kollin of Full Plate Ventures, LLC is passionate about building sustainable, regional food systems. She provides business consulting to social enterprises to enhance their profitability while serving their social mission.

Slow Food DC is a community that promotes and celebrates local, seasonal, and sustainable food sources; works to preserve the culinary traditions of the region's ethnically and culturally diverse populations; and supports the right of all people to enjoy good, clean, fair food.


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