Is organic really worth it? Are eggs OK to eat? What does it mean if something’s labeled “Fair Trade,” or “Biodynamic,” or “Cage Free”? What about all the noise around farmed fish, fake meat, coconut oil, almonds—not to mention fat, carbs, and calories?
Join health, nutrition, and sustainability expert Sophie Egan as she discusses her book, How to Be a Conscious Eater, with Local Matters Executive Director Michelle Moskowitz Brown. In this book, Egan revolutionizes our understanding of food in a way that will change the way we shop, cook, and eat. And she uses three criteria—is it good for me? is it good for others? is it good for the planet?
Local Matters is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this program.
To be a conscious eater is not about diet, fads, or hard and fast rules. It’s about having the information to make informed choices amid the chaos of hype and marketing. For instance, plastic water bottles are convenient but contribute to a massive patch of garbage floating in the Pacific. A reusable container saves money and the environment.
Organized into four categories—food produced by plants, by animals, by factories, by restaurant kitchens—this radically practical guide to conscious eating covers everything: tips for buying produce, diet and cancer risks, the truth of sell-by dates, cutting down on food waste, the great protein myth, and much more.
Sophie Egan is the Director of Health and Sustainability Leadership for the Strategic Initiatives Group at The Culinary Institute of America, as well as the Editorial Director. She contributes regularly to The New York Times' Well blog and has written for The Wall Street Journal, TIME, The Washington Post, Mic, Bon Appétit, WIRED, and The Kitchn. Egan is the author of Devoured: How What We Eat Defines Who We Are. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on health and social behavior. She lives in San Francisco, CA.
For Michelle Moskowitz Brown, food is a vehicle for personal change and community development. At Central Ohio nonprofit Local Matters, food education, access, and advocacy work come together, creating the perfect place for Michelle to combine personal passions and professional vision. Since assuming her role as Executive Director in 2014, the organization has expanded to work with over 100 partners across Central Ohio and reach over 22,000 individuals with in-depth, life-changing food education and access programming.