Explorers in America

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Food, agriculture, climate change and sustainability are four exceptionally large, complex and important issues in the fabric of today’s society. There exists a huge disconnect - between humans and their food, between public opinion and science - and it’s the media’s challenge to bridge this gap.

Benji and Tommy are here to be that bridge.

Follow these two brand-new Middlebury College grads as they travel across the country as Planet Forward's Explorers in America, finding the hidden stories that connect people to food and food to community.

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Explorers in America
Waste doesn't have to stay waste. Tommy and Benji visit a plant that's turning everything into something useful.
Explorers in America
A bike trip through the Bayou turns into a lesson in sustainable microprocessing for Benji and Tommy.
Explorers in America
Tommy and Benji get press passes to the Good Food Festival. On day one we learn about what it takes to bring a good food idea from the planning room to the dining room with the help of business  mentors and investors.  With the proper guidance and... Read More
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Composting+Biking=Winning. We took to our tandem again to see how the Compost Pedallers, a company in Austin, TX, combine our two loves: biking and composting, successfully filling hearts with joy while emptying organic waste from landfills. Come... Read More
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In February, we took a stroll through Yonkers, N.Y., with Curt Collier. This man has seen the future, and has some cool things to report back.
Explorers in America
We met up with Thomas Hymel to talk about microprocessing & value-added seafood on Louisiana’s coast. His work aims to empower fishermen to vertically integrate their businesses - bringing a high quality product to consumers and a larger profit... Read More
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Jeff Schwartz, executive director of Broad Community Connections, and I sat in the garden behind his ReFresh project to talk about this one-of-a-kind “fresh food hub.” ReFresh is home to eight or so organizations ranging from local non-profits to a... Read More
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Tony Lee runs the Magellan Street Community Garden — a one-lot operation just across the river from New Orleans. He’s a big, gregarious guy whose mouth can hardly keep up with the nodes of thought firing in his head. We meet him on a grey Sunday... Read More