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Anna Lappé speaks at Natural Products Expo West on transformative change in the food system

The messages—and mediums—for changing food

Anna Lappé of Real Food Media/Small Planet Institute and Fund speaks out about how we can make even bigger food system changes. Through shared values, we can use the power of numbers to be louder and bolder to unite communities, expose misinformation and bring about transformative change.

"It’s important to remind ourselves that we have made progress, but we are not winning. Some of the biggest negative impacts of our food system persist. While we are winning in so many ways, we need to be even bigger and bolder than we have been to make the kind of transformative change we need."

—Anna Lappé, Real Food Media 

Part 1: The shift in consciousness 

Highlights:

  • Strength in numbers is necessary to make change. 
  • Demand for organic food is growing across all demographics.
  • Local communities are coming together to change the food industry.

 

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Part 2: The power of shared values

Highlights:

  • Five shared values that bring about transformation.
  • The Good Food purchasing program is a food procurement policy with a positive impact on communities.
  • The media has a powerful role to be the voice of our shared values and energize action. 
  • Asking bigger and bolder questions will empower change.

 

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Part 3: How are market influences changing the food system?

Highlights:

  • “Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but by a scarcity of democracy.” We need to change the story of food.
  • There is a shift in consciousness around the links between agriculture and climate.

 

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Part 4 : Getting the message out

Highlights:

  • Real Food Media unites voices across core communities to align values with audiences around the country. 
  • There is a need for all of us to think more creatively about how we share our media, call for integrity and expose misinformation. 
  • Hope doesn’t come from determining whether you are winning or losing. Hope comes from being part of the change. 


This session—Saturday Morning Keynote: Anna Lappé—was recorded at Natural Products Expo West 2018. Click "download" below to access the presentation slides.

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