Radical Patriotism: Growing Growers and Seeding Leaders for a Real Food Future | Anim Steel

“Real food is food that nourishes and it nourishes the body, the earth, and it nourishes people, both those that eat and those that produce. The logic of real food is respect and balance. [APPLAUSE] So, real food should be the norm, right, not the exception.”

What happens when green turns to grey? Fewer than 5 percent of 2 million American farmers are under 45 years old. Bucking that trend is the next generation of unstoppable young farmers Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Tyler Webb, and Sarita Role Schaffer, along with renowned urban food innovator Nikki Henderson and real food advocate Anim Steel. With dirt under their nails and laptops at their fingertips, they’re reinventing a “radical patriotism” founded in a return to local agriculture and community. It runs on clean energy and knows how to move markets. It seeks greater self-sufficiency, self-determination and food justice, and the checkout line is the pulpit.


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