As a followup to my post earlier this week that featured Curt Ellis’s (2009) New Year’s Resolution, I thought I’d share this TedxManhattan Talk from Ellis. In it he describes the vision of FoodCorps. Ellis left the documentary production company and advocacy project that he co-founded to help start and run this new national service program that’s part of AmeriCorps. As described on their website, here’s the FoodCorps mission and vision: “Through the hands and minds of emerging leaders, FoodCorps strives to give all youth an enduring relationship with healthy food. We envision a nation of well-nourished children: children who know what healthy food is, how it grows and where it comes from, and who have access to it every day. These children, having grown up in a healthy food environment, will learn better, live longer, and liberate their generation from diet-related disease. We envision a bright future for our Service Members: emerging leaders who, having invested a year of public service creating healthy food environments for children, will go on to become farmers, chefs, educators and public health leaders. These visionaries, armed with the skills to improve school food, will improve all food.”

As reported in this story from Time, the first 50 FoodCorps Service Members (selected from a pool of 1,229 applicants) are busy in their across the country now, “working at sites like the Michigan Land Use Institute, the Rippling Waters Organic Farm in Maine and the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in Arizona.” Ellis’s Tedx Talk is PowerPoint-free, but he’s a pretty compelling speaker so I didn’t miss the slides one bit. Check it out:


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