Top ten sustainable food trailblazers

March 9th, 2010 by dan

Eat-onomics: The Ten Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food

by Stephanie Schomer

On Friday Fast Company posted their Top Ten Sustainable food folks. The list includes the most notable movers and shakers in the food revolution. You might recognize Dickson Despommier, Jamie Oliver, and Michael Pollan who have appeared on this blog. It’s really exciting to see all these people on the same list. Congrats to all!
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Jamie Oliver @ TED

March 7th, 2010 by dan

Check out this great talk given by Jamie Oliver at the TED conference in Long Beach, CA. I was very impressed by his passion and his sincere interest in helping people help themselves. I especially liked when he touched on the need for creativity within budget constraints and that food (like a lot of things) can meet bottom line needs while still being a healthy, high quality product. Read the rest of this entry »

Vertical Farming article on

February 25th, 2010 by dan

Eco-Laboratory - Main Entry - weber thompson

This is an article I wrote for the Daily Journal of Commerce special section on green building.

A new use for urban high-rises: farming

In order for sustainability to be viable in the urban environment, we must take into account how we bring food into our cities. Until recently the green building movement has not put a priority on the impact our food systems have on the viability of our urban areas. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s for dinner?

November 15th, 2009 by dan

pure food and wine lasagnaVegan, raw, organic food for dinner? Not something I’d usually explore past a salad, before a meat and potatoes style entrée! However, while I was in New York I had the opportunity to partake in possibly, the most delicious, creative food I have ever eaten. The place: Pure Food and Wine in the Gramercy Park Neighborhood in Manhattan. Simply put, there are no animal products used other than honey, everything is fresh and organic, it’s all raw, and not heated above 118 degrees to preserve the vitamins, minerals, and natural enzymes.
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Update: NYC panel discussion

November 13th, 2009 by dan

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the 2009 Jane Jacobs Forum: Re-Imagining New York: Designing Urban Farms to Feed our Cities. It was a real honor to discuss these dynamic issues in front of a packed house of engaged New Yorkers. What a rush!

The video gives a great summary of the discussion, but only one or two of my comments made the cut. MAS has a full version of the audio on their website. Also, if your just dying to hear what I had to say you can download the podcast from iTunes click here
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CNBC – The Business of Innovation

October 8th, 2009 by dan

A few weeks back I was interviewed by CNBC for their upcoming special on the future of our cities. The program hits on a lot of the hot issues including smart grids, new transportation networks, security, and food production. They don’t go into too much depth about any one particular subject but it provides a good summary of where we may be headed in the future.

The segment featuring the Eco-Laboratory begins around the 28 minute mark. With a quick introduction to the topic of ecological design and cities from Jason McLennan who’s the president of Cascadia chapter of the USGBC. They go on to interview Dickson Despommier (founder of the vertical farming movement). Then, I have a quick sound bite while they show images from our project. Read the rest of this entry »

Foregoing the Next Great Extinction

October 7th, 2009 by dan

scientific americanDid you know the Earth’s most predominate ecosystem is pasture?!? A man made ecosystem covering an area larger than Africa. Totally shocking… I found this info in a great article in this month’s Scientific American. It focuses on the shortcomings of our current agricultural system, and proposes potential solutions to help with population increase and the resulting need for more food. Unfortunately, no mention of hydroponics as a part of the answer.

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NYC Panel Discussion

September 20th, 2009 by dan


On November 3rd I’ll be in Manhattan to participate in the 2009 Jane Jacobs Forum. This year’s topic focuses on the role of urban agriculture in New York City. It’s open to the public so, check it out if you’re in town.
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Dickson Despommier on Bablegum

September 15th, 2009 by dan

Here’s a cool video and animation of Dickson Despommier describing vertical farms.

Communicating Green @ ICFF

May 15th, 2009 by dan

As a part of the Metropolis Magazine Next Generation Design Competition Runner-Up Award I had the opportunity to present Communicating Green at the 2009 International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Here’s the video.
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