Edible Education Archive


January 19: Introduction to Edible Education 101 and the Slow Food Movement
Carlo Petrini, founder and president, International Slow Food Movement
with Mark Bittman

January 26: Food, Capitalism, and Imperialism
Ricardo Salvador, director, Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
with Mark Bittman

February 2: Sustainable Farming for the Future
Bob Cannard, farmer and owner, Green String Farm
Eliot Coleman, farmer and owner, Four Season Farm
Judith Redmond, farmer and owner, Full Belly Farm
with Liz Carlisle, BFI affiliated faculty and author of The Lentil Underground

February 9: Restoration Oprah
Raj Patel, writer, activist, and research professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin
with Mark Bittman

February 16: Strengthening Regional Food Systems: Food Hubs and Alternative Markets
James Barham, agricultural economist, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
Haile Johnston, co-founder and co-director, Common Market
Michael Rozyne, founder and co-director, Red Tomato
with Kathleen Frith, president, Glynwood

February 23: Entrepreneurship and Technology in the Food System
Nikhil Arora, co-founder, Back to the Roots
Nicolas Jammet, co-founder, Sweetgreen
Clara Sieg, partner, Revolution Ventures
Alejandro Velez, co-founder, Back to the Roots
with Jaspal Sandhu, lecturer, Design and Innovation, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and founding partner, Gobee Group

March 1: Scaling Up: The Good Food Revolution
Will Allen, farmer and founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc.
with Mark Bittman

March 8: Transitioning Toward Sustainable Meat Production
M. James Faison, founder, Milton’s Local Harvest
Anya Fernald, co-founder and CEO, Belampo
Chris Kerston, director, public outreach and events, Savory Institute
with Mark Bittman

March 15: Supporting Workers Across the Food Chain
Jose Oliva, co-director, Food Chain Workers Alliance
with Mark Bittman

March 29: An Education for the Senses
Alice Waters, chef, author, and proprietor, Chez Panisse
Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, The Kitchen Sisters
with Mark Bittman

April 5: Sustainable Seafood
Paul Greenberg, author of American Catch and Four Fish
with Mark Bittman

April 12: Farmacology: Total Health From the Ground Up
Dr. Daphne Miller, physician, activist, and author of Farmacology
with Mark Bittman

April 19: Food Marketing and the Big Food Industry
Sabrina Adler, senior staff attorney, ChangeLab Solutions
Anna Lappé, founder, Real Food Media Project, and partner, Small Planet Institute
with Mark Bittman

April 26: Course Synthesis and Food Policy for the 2016 Election and Beyond
Mark Bittman
Video recordings from past lectures are available below.


The food system is multidisciplinary and complex, involving agroecology, agronomy, anthropology, economics, nutrition, sociology, and the arts. In this course, experts on organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, hunger and food security, farm bill reform, farm-to-school efforts, urban agriculture, food sovereignty, and local food economies will offer perspectives on how to make the food system more sustainable and equitable.

Instructor: Garrison Sposito
Co-Hosts: Mark Bittman, Robert Hass
Download2015 Edible Education 101 syllabus (PDF)

PART I – “The Trouble with the Food System”

 January 26th: A Brief History of the Modern Food System” with Michael Pollan (speaker biography)

Lecture 1
January 26th, 6:30 – 8pm
“A Brief History of the Modern Foodsystem” by Michael Pollan

February 2nd: The Ecological Crisis as a Crisis of Agriculture” with Garrison Sposito (speaker biography)

      Reading: “The Ecological Crisis as a Crisis of Agriculture” by Wendell Berry 

and “Linking Farm Policy to Health Policy in the Global Economy” with Marison Nestle (speaker biography)

      Reading: “Today’s ‘Eat More’ Environment” & “Utopian Dream: A New Farm Bill” by Marion Nestle

        “What is the Farm Bill?” by Renée Johnson and Jim Monke 

Lecture 2
February 2nd, 6:30 – 8pm
“The Ecological Crisis as a Crisis of Agriculture”
by Garrison Sposito
“Linking Farm Policy to Health Policy in the Global Economy”
by Marion Nestle

February 9th: “The Hands That Feed You” with Eric Schlosser (speaker biography)

Lecture 3
February 9th, 6:30 – 8pm
“The Hands That Feed You”
by Eric Schlosser

March 2nd: “The Long Green Revolution” with Raj Patel and Mark Bittman (speaker biographies)

      Reading: “Seeds of Doubt” by Michael Specter

         “How to be Curious about the Green Revolution” by Raj Patel

         “International Manifesto” by Women of Via Campesina  

        Supplementary Reading: “The Long Green Revolution” by Raj Patel 

Lecture 4
March 2nd, 6:30 – 8pm
“The Long Green Revolution”
by Raj Patel with Mark Bittman

PART II – “Getting Back to the Right Food System”

March 9th: “Mimicking Nature: Woodleaf Farm’s Ecological Design” with Carl Rosato and Helen Atthowe (speaker biographies)

Lecture 5
March 9th, 6:30 – 8pm
“Mimicking Nature: Woodleaf Farm’s Ecological Design”
by Carl Rosato and Helen Atthowe

March 16th: “Of Peaches and Power: Myths, Legends, and the Mundane of Family Farming” with Mas Masumoto, Nikiko Masumoto and Robert Hass (speaker biographies)

Lecture 6
March 16th, 6:30 – 8pm
“Of Peaches and Power: Myths, Legends, and the Mundane of Family Farming” by Mas Masumoto and Nikiko Masumoto with Robert Hass 

March 30th: “Sustainable Farming through Agroecology” with Stephen Gliessman and Mark Bittman (speaker biographies)

       Reading: “Agroecology: Growing the Roots of Resistance” by Stephen Gliessman

        “Agroecology as a Transdisciplinary, Participatory, and Action-Oriented Approach” by V. Ernesto Méndez et al. 

PART III – “Building the Food Movement”

April 6th: “Fixing a Broken Food System: Some Ideas” with Claire Kremen (speaker biography)

Lecture 7
April 6th, 6:30 – 8pm
“Fixing a Broken Food System: Some Ideas” by Claire Kremen 

April 13th: “Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food World: Who Will Grow Tomorrow’s Food and Who Will Be Eating It?” with Alice Waters, Craig McNamara, and Robert Hass (speaker biographies)

Lecture 8
April 13th, 6:30 – 8pm
“Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food World” by Alice Waters and Craig McNamara 

April 20th: “With Liberty, Justice, and Sovereignty for All” with Anim Steel, Sara Mersha, and Mark Bittman (speaker biographies)

Lecture 9
April 20th, 6:30 – 8pm
“With Liberty, Justice, and Sovereignty for All”
by Anim Steel, Sara Mersha, and Mark Bittman 

April 27th:What’s Next for the Food Movement?” with Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman (speaker biographies)

       Reading: “The Food Movement, Rising” by Michael Pollan 

Lecture 10
April 27th, 6:30 – 8pm
“What’s Next for the Food Movement”
by Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman