About This Episode

How do we fix our broken food system? Food Tank co-founder and president Danielle Nierenberg joins Billy Shore to discuss the connections between food, nutrition, the environment and democracy. “People are thinking about food and agriculture as something more political… this citizen eater who votes not only with her fork, but votes for the kind of food system that she wants,” explains Nierenberg. “We have a broken democracy right now. It’s not just the change we want to see, it’s the change we need to make this democracy a working one again,” she says.   Nierenberg observes that the current pandemic has exposed the problems in our current food system. “Our modern food system has always been fragile and now with COVID we’re seeing all of these cracks and things that don’t work,” she says. “This is not going to be the last disruption that we see in the food and agriculture system worldwide… We have a lot to get into place so that we can withstand those disruptions,” she warns.   Join us for this critical conversation about using the food and agricultural community as a force for political change.    

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Danielle Nierenberg

Danielle Nierenberg

President and co-founder

Danielle Nierenberg is the President and co-founder of Food Tank and a world-renowned researcher, speaker, and advocate, on all issues relating to our food system and agriculture. She has written extensively on gender and population, the spread of factory farming in the developing world, and innovations in sustainable agriculture. Prior to starting Food Tank, Nierenberg spent two years traveling to more than 35 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She met with farmers and farmer groups, scientists and researchers, policymakers and government leaders, students and academics and journalists, documenting what’s working to help alleviate hunger and poverty, while protecting the environment. Nierenberg has an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and spent two years volunteering for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. She is the 2020 recipient of the Julia Child Award.

Food Tank


Food Tank is focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Food Tank is a global convener, research organization, and non-biased creator of original research impacting the food system. With an objective to educate, inspire, advocate, and create change, Food Tank spotlights and supports environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and creates networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.