Joshua Viertel, the first President of Slow Food USA, opened this Town Hall discussion by speaking about Slow Food USA's vision for the U.S. about critical issues of access and equity regarding healthy food, nutrition, and well-being. The Hull-House Museum invited food activists, farmers, environmentalists, and anyone interested in these issues to come share their ideas and opinions.
Joshua Viertel has made significant contributions to the sustainable food movement in the past as a teacher, farmer, and activist, and, for the past 6 years, as a co-founder and co-director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project. At Yale, Viertel oversaw the University's transition to a local sustainable food program, created and managed an organic farm on campus, and built educational and academic programming around food and agriculture. Under his leadership, the Yale Sustainable Food Project has earned a reputation as a leader in the national and international sustainable food movement. Viertel graduated from Harvard University with a degree in philosophy and literature. Before joining Yale, he worked as a teacher and as an organic farmer.
About Re-Thinking Soup: Every Tuesday from 12:00-1:30 PM, the Hull-House Museum hosts a modern day soup kitchen that is a public and communal event where we gather together and eat delicious, healthy, soup and have fresh, organic conversation about many of the urgent social, cultural, economic and environmental food issues that we should be addressing.
Recorded Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.