What Is Sustainable Food Production?
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In the final session of EO × Folklife Studio, learn about the dramatic process of food production with Honest Tea’s Seth Goldman, American Farmland Trust’s John Piotti featured in the recent BBC Follow the Food series, Stone Barns Center’s Jack Algiere, and Forever Oceans chef Mark Allison in a discussion that was moderated by NASA Earth Science director Karen St. Germain.
About the Participants
Karen M. St. Germain is the director of the Earth Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. She provides executive leadership, strategic direction, and overall management for the agency’s Earth Science portfolio. Her program also includes technology development, development of the next generation of Earth-observing satellites, and a robust research and applications program to understand how land, ocean, atmosphere, and cryosphere systems work and interact.
Jack Algiere is director of agroecology at Stone Barns Center. As the organization’s first official employee back in 2003, he brought a critical skill set in diversified, regenerative farm practice to the Stone Barns landscape. Algiere has been actively farming for more than two decades and has trained a generation of young farmers in organic and biodynamic farming practices.
Chef Mark William Allison is the corporate executive chef at Forever Oceans and has worked around the world in culinary arts for over forty years. From authoring multiple books like 150 Projects to Get You into Culinary Arts to appearing on the Cooking Channel’s Cooking School Confidential, and PBS’s Overdraft, he is an influential leader in the cooking industry.
Seth Goldman is co-founder of Eat the Change®, a chef-crafted brand that helps people “Snack to the Future™” with chef-crafted, planet-friendly foods. Goldman and his co-founder, celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn, are also co-founders of PLNT Burger, a plant-based quick-serve restaurant. Goldman is also the co-founder of Honest Tea. He has been widely recognized for his entrepreneurial success and impact.
John Piotti is the president and CEO of American Farmland Trust and has worked at the forefront of sustainable agriculture since the early 1990s. In 2016, he became president of American Farmland Trust, bringing new energy to this storied organization that launched the conservation agriculture movement. Prior to joining AFT, Piotti served as president of Maine Farmland Trust and also chaired the Agriculture Committee in the Maine State Legislature.