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Salon Recap: TEDxToronto Talks Local Food Movement

“Why are people so eager to buy smartphones but not locally grown food?”

This was just one of many interesting questions that generated some good food for thought at our second TEDx Toronto Salon Series – Epicurious: how food affects us, and how we can affect food.

After watching the TED Talk – What’s wrong with what we eat? by New York Times food writer Mark Bittman, Don Mills – President Local Food Plus, long-time family farmer and moderator for the evening, gave a unique perspective of the local food movement. Don challenged participants to think about how consumers’ respect of agriculture and the farm community is vital to achieving a sustainable food system.

Debate from our TEDx Toronto participants led to more talks on how education and a stronger marketing movement can help to change consumer attitudes on buying organic or local food.

Food sustainability is a complex issue that doesn’t come with one solution. More discussion needs to take place to understand our dependency on fast food, eating around the table and how our current food practices will impact the future.

We want to keep the conversation going. Give us your take on the food debate and tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

TEDx Toronto would like to also extend a special thanks to our Salon sponsors, Barberian’s Steak House, ING DIRECT Café, Steam Whistle Brewing and Metro Print Media services who together, helped to create a fun and interactive environment of good food, drink and conversation.

Stay tuned for details on our upcoming September TEDx Toronto Salon Series event and check out Salon Series photographs by Alex Browne on our Flickr Photostream.

TEDx Toronto Salon Series take place once a month and creates an interactive space for Torontonians to come and break bread together, share innovative ideas and discuss current issues.

 

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