2022 Food Policy Changemaker Award: Danielle Nierenberg

by NYC Food Policy Editor

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has announced its fourth annual NYC Food Policy Changemaker award. One NYC food policy and practice leader who is working to transform the food system will be honored every year by the Center. Nominees are policymakers, educators, community advocates, farmers, innovators and more, who are making significant strides to create healthier, more sustainable food environments, and who use food to promote community and economic development. This year’s award goes to Danielle Nierenberg.

Danielle Nierenberg is a world-renowned researcher, speaker, and advocate on all issues relating to our food system and agriculture. In 2013, Danielle Nierenberg co-founded Food Tank (foodtank.com) with Bernard Pollack, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters.

Her knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 20,000 major print and broadcast outlets worldwide, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, BBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CBS This Morning, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Le Monde (France), the Mail and Guardian (South Africa), the East African (Kenya), TIME magazine, the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Voice of America, the Times of India, the Sydney Morning Herald, and hundreds more.

Danielle speaks at more than 100 events per year, including major conferences and events all over the world. These events include SXSW, TED, The World Food Prize/Borlaug Dialogues, American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference, James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, Institute, Milan Urban Food Pact Awards, Aspen Institute Environment Forum, the European Commission, the Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium, National Geographic’s Food Forum, the Sustainable Food Summit, the Hilton Humanitarian Awards, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming, New York Times Food for Tomorrow, BITE, and many others.

Grew up in: Defiance, MO
Job Title/Organization or Company: President and co-founder of Food Tank
Background and Education: I have 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.
One word you would use to describe our food system: Hopeful
Food policy hero: Just one?! Frances Moore Lappe and Karen Washington are my favorites.
Your breakfast this morning: Leftovers! We made black bean and corn tacos last night.
Favorite food: Swiss chard and sweet potatoes. I could literally eat them every day. 
Favorite last meal on Earth: I’d love to be eating vegan gumbo with my friends in New Orleans.
Favorite food hangout and why: My friend Jamie’s place in New Orleans because it feels like home.
Social media must follow: @BlackForager (She won a James Beard award).

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