Monday kick-off: Food Tank

Mondays, if you look at them right, can be like mini-New Years Days – a fresh start, a chance to reframe your plans for the week.  OK, maybe I'm being optimistic.  But here at The Dirt, we'll use Monday mornings to highlight a fresh new idea in the world of food and farming.

Food Tank is a new website/blog/online news publication/food and agriculture think tank, and it launched with a boom last week.  Co-founders Ellen Gustafson and Danielle Nierenberg bring many years of experience in food sustainability and alleviating hunger and obesity.  Here's their mission statement:

The Food Think Tank is for the 7 billion people who have to eat every day. We will offer solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty by creating a network of connections and information for us to consume and share.

Gustafson and Nierenberg are both relatively young, and they're trying to make the Food Tank equal parts authoritative, inspirational, and cool.  The site has TED-like lectures like "Making Agriculture Cool for Youth" and "Agriculture as the Solution".  Food Tank even has a movie trailer:

Food Tank's already been mentioned in the Boston Globe, the Toronto Star, and the Washington Post, among others.  The Post highlighted Food Tank's ambitious plans:

[Food Tank] is tackling a far more difficult task: reforming the entire food system, whether reversing the vast amount of waste built into the system or weaning ourselves off the high-yield commodities that dominate our diet (think: soy and corn).

There's a ton of articles and information at Food Tank already.  Gustafson and Nierenberg say their first major project is to build "an online clearinghouse of the best research from across the world around food and agriculture."  We're excited to make them a regular stop!


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