Earlier this week, TEDxTC hosted a talk all about food at the Minnesota Science Museum. There were three main speakers: Community Gardening Advocate LaDonna Redmond, Ojibwe Leader Winona LaDuke and General Mills Food Futurist Kevin Ryan. While all three speakers had different areas of expertise and perspective there was a common theme – the importance of knowing about your food. Knowing where your food comes from, who grows and makes it and why you’re eating it.
While the event was primarily aimed at adults is was fun to see how many intergenerational attendees there appeared to be. Food is a family affair – the speakers noted it and the audience demonstrated it. (Even if many of the “kids” present were old enough to have “kids” at home waiting for them.)
The positive focus on food, family and the desire to learn more reminded me of many of Learning ZoneXpress’ Farm to Table collection – especially the Fresh Food video and teacher’s guide. They are terrific tools for helping students recognize the importance of locally, organically grown food for a healthy diet and healthy community.