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Introducing Food Tank: The Food Think Tank‏

December 2, 2012 in uncategorized

Danielle Nierenberg (
08:14 PM
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Dear Friends,

This is to let you all know that I will be joining Ellen Gustafson, the co-founder of FEED and the founder of the 30 Project, to launch an exciting new organization called Food Tank: The Food Think Tank. Arriving early January 2013, the project will help connect producers and consumers, policy-makers and activists, and farmers and eaters in vital ways—click here to see our video trailer!

Even more importantly, I write to thank you for your continued support. As you know, since 2009 I’ve had the honor and sincere privilege of meeting with hundreds of farmers and farmers’ groups, scientists and researchers, policy makers and government leaders, public health practitioners and nutritionists, and NGO leaders, academics, and journalists across 35 countries, collecting their thoughts on what is working to help alleviate hunger and poverty, while also protecting the environment.

Your encouragement and inspiration—in person, by phone, and in countless emails—has been invaluable to my research. I’m truly grateful for the community of experts—including students in Uganda, women farmers in India, scientists from Brazil, urban gardeners in Chicago, policy-makers in Ghana, plant breeders in Taiwan, food waste activists in Italy, and countless others around the globe—who have shared their expertise and experience with me over the last three and a half years.

It is because of all of you that I truly believe that agriculture can be the solution to some of our most pressing environmental and social challenges. I’m humbled by your generosity and am incredibly thankful that you have allowed me to share your stories of hope and success in agriculture.

Now with Food Tank: The Food Think Tank, I’ll be working with Ellen– an amazing advocate and thought leader on how to make our food system healthier and more sustainable. I’m honored to be a part of this innovative new endeavor with her as my partner.

I’m incredibly hopeful about the future of agriculture—the solutions are out there in fields and laboratories, in kitchens and gardens, they just need more attention, more research, and ultimately more funding. Ellen and I need your help to make sure those innovations get the investment they need. Please share your story ideas and suggestions for how we can continue to collaborate. Tell us about the issues that are most important to you. Send us photos from your own research on-the-ground. Share how you’re working to nourish both people and the planet.

Stay tuned for Food Tank’s official launch on January 10th and for our website, weekly newsletters, investigative reporting, an innovations tour, new research and publications, and a 2013 Food Summit!

With my sincere thanks and appreciation,

Danielle Nierenberg
Co-Founder, Food Tank

4 responses to Introducing Food Tank: The Food Think Tank‏

  1. id like to suggest that everyone who has any form of garden at all,no matter how small or how large should start experimenting with growing their own vegetables……and at the same time think and plan about collecting rain water from your roof …….if every person in south africa makes some effort in this regard…no matter how big or how small…….the knowledge of how to produce something is valuable in its own right…produce your own seed stocks whilst your about it…….we will by default go a long way to helping to ensuring food and water security into the future……..teach your kids too……….

  2. Agree, agree:)

  3. My 17yr old daughter has been very interested in these questions for some time. She is applying to agriculture schools that have nutrition majors. I find it can be hard to tell from websites and college marketing materials which schools are among the strongest or up-and-coming programs. Any personal favorite programs you could recommend? Thank you for your thoughts on this one.

  4. The Season’s Greetings:) I do not have my old contact list available but you might consider getting in contact with the Provincial Agriculture Department (Stellenbosch for WC) for information. They also have training programs.

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