OK, it was not exactly an exclusive interview, but I did ask him a question and he did answer me. PBS’s great POV program (“documentaries with a point of view”) which aired the much-hyped PBS broadcast of Food, Inc. last week. POV hosted an online chat with Kenner on Tuesday, that I happened to find out about just in time to participate. “Viewers” could submit questions (I’m assuming these were moderated, because they were all good questions and no overlap but maybe PBS viewers are just a cut above…)
My “interview” went like this:
[question from Katie W.] Mr. Kenner, what sources would you recommend to stay current on news and changes in sustainable food issues?
[Robert Kenner] Katie, I think there are certain sites you should visit (there are many more but this will get you into the world).
And now, I give you Robert Kenner’s recommend sustainable food sites.
1. Grist Describes itself as “gloom and doom with a sense of humor”. Site covers many environmental issues, and has a section dedicated to food (link is to Grist Food). Great source for policy, advocacy, news and foodie fun like recipes and recommended restaurants, etc.
2. Food Democracy Now! A grassroots community with a good blog and lots of food related petitions to get in on. I signed one today thanking Michelle Obama for her leadership in the fight against childhood obesity.
3. Civil Eats Extensive blog with sections on Food Policy, Food Access, Eating Culture, In the Kitchen, Life on the Farm, etc. Lots to read and interact with here. They’ve got a great feature called Roof Garden Rookies for those of us gardening in the city!
4. Slow Food USA “Linking the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment”, SFUSA is a newsy blog and a central location for local chapter information and events. The local groups have a number of great events, especially the DC chapter.
Thank you, Robert Kenner, for promoting these great blogs! I’ve been enjoying them and learning a lot.
Wait, you cry! You promised us five links and that’s only four!
The fifth is my own recommendation – because now that you’ve got all these blogs to read, you’re going to have to get organized. You can’t just be bookmarking a million sites and relying on the slow internet at your office to keep you abreast of critical food news.
5. Bloglines. I’m waaaay behind the curve I guess, just figuring out RSS feeds and all. Non-technical description: Bloglines is a tool that allows you to subscribe to blogs, Bloglines displays your subscriptions in a neat column and you can click to see what new headlines have been posted in each of them. You can basically surf your favorites from one location. Try it out.
There you have it: five for Friday.
Eat something healthy. Sign a petition. Leave a comment. Change the world.