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How Kids’ Books Can Remind Us of the Joy of Food Systems Transformation

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Hey Food Tank: The Food Think Tank—it’s Dani. This newsletter is a unique place for news, analysis, and my perspectives on global food system transformation. As always, I'm glad you're joining me. Tell friends to to join Food Tankers in this global conversation!
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Dear Food Tank: The Food Think Tank,

This week, Food Tank is highlighting our new list of 20 books for kids that celebrate food, agriculture, and the diversity of the food system.

Some of these books, like "Anansi And The Golden Pot," reimagine traditional folktales. Others, like "Honeybee Rescue: A Backyard Drama," tell adventurous stories that introduce young readers to issues adult advocates are thinking about, too. Plus, some of the books are just beautiful, like the hand-cut collage illustrations that Carin Berger created for "In the Night Garden."

Spotlighting kids’ books like these is central to the goal of strengthening youth voices and empowering advocates of all ages, because building food literacy from a young age is truly transformative.

Sometimes, I encounter the perspective that "youthful optimism is just naivete"—and that view couldn’t be more misguided.

Young folks are well aware of the challenges we face. They know that transforming the world means making waves—and they aren’t afraid to do so.

I’m so inspired by youth advocates who resist falling into hopelessness and despair, because they are armed with knowledge and authentic stories of a better, kinder, more sustainable food system. We would all do well to learn from them.

So let’s show our kids what’s important. Let’s help them experience the fulfillment of fighting for a better world, and let’s introduce them to positive young role models in the food system.

Let’s share these stories with young people in our lives so we, too, won’t lose sight of the optimism, joyfulness, and inspiration we can find in food!

Our list includes books written by authors including: Taiye Selasi, Brian Selznick, Donna L. Washington, Jennie Romer, Toni Buzzeo, Mia Wenjen, Loree Griffin Burns, Angela Dominguez, Carin Berger, David L. Harrison, Adam Mansbach, Camila Alves McConaughey, Elizabeth Lilly, Andrea Wang, Jordan Scott, Anne Wynter, Cheryl Yau Chepusova, Patricia Tanumihardja, Lenny Wen, Linda Meeker, and Aaron Becker.

The books on this list would make great last-minute holiday gifts, and I encourage you to get creative, too: Maybe your family could set a New Year’s resolution to all together learn more about the food system, for example. There are so many ways to get started.

And nobody’s too young to make a difference! Through a meal, through conversations, and through reading and cooking.

Speaking of cooking, I hope you’ll also take a look at our list of incredible global cookbooks, by authors including Ravinder Bhogal; Maya Feller; Klancy Miller; Rahanna Bisseret Martinez; Valentine Thomas; Imad Alarnab; Toni Tipton-Martin; Sandra A. Gutierrez; Send Chinatown Love; Rose Previte and Marah Stets; Yewande Komolafe; Margaret Li and Irene Li; Leah Koenig; Dave White; Trine Hahnemann; Nasim Alikhani and Theresa Gambacorta; Dale Gray; Pierre Thiam and Lisa Katayama; Sohla El-Waylly; Erika Council; Maunika Gowardhan; Kimbal Musk; Andi Oliver; José Andrés and Sam-Chapple-Sokol; and Nik Sharma.

There are some great recipes in these books for cooks of all ages!


Another quick note: Our work at Food Tank is powered by our global community of members! Joining Food Tank or upgrading your membership is a direct way to demonstrate a commitment to transforming the food system, and I’m grateful beyond words for the support from Food Tankers around the globe. I hope you’ll take a look at some options to join us HERE.

As the year winds down, what are you hoping to see in the new year? What should we keep an eye on here at Food Tank, and what big strides are you counting on from policymakers, business leaders, and others? Keep me in the loop at [email protected], and I’ll see you next week.

Onward,

Dani

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Read Youth Voices on Food Systems
"Changing our food systems is an intergenerational challenge that requires an intergenerational approach. We have no choice: we must empower youth to be in the driver’s seat," writes a global coalition of adult and youth leaders.


"If we could achieve progress on food systems, we could achieve progress on so much more," youth advocate Lana Weidgenant told Food Tank in 2021.

"If there is that interest and love and desire to work with land to grow food, (you shouldn't) have to sacrifice some sort of livelihood to do that," young farmer Verónica Mazariegos-Anastassiou said.

"It’s very important that we dignify the lives of women and youth…and that we be the local enactors, either to identify the needs of our communities or execute projects," said Salvadoran advocate Kasandra Portillo.

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Hey Food Tank: The Food Think Tank—it’s Dani. This newsletter is a unique place for news, analysis, and my perspectives on global food system transformation. As always, I'm glad you're joining me. Tell friends to to join Food Tankers in this global conversation! 2 FOOD TANK v NEWSLETTER Dear Food Tank: The Food Think Tank, This week, Food Tank is highlighting our new list of 20 books for kids that celebrate food, agriculture, and the diversity of the food system. Some of these books, like "Anansi And The Golden Pot," reimagine traditional folktales. Others, like "Honeybee Rescue: A Backyard Drama," tell adventurous stories that introduce young readers to issues adult advocates are thinking about, too. Plus, some of the books are just beautiful, like the hand-cut collage illustrations that Carin Berger created for "In the Night Garden." Spotlighting kids’ books like these is central to the goal of strengthening youth voices and empowering advocates of all ages, because building food literacy from a young age is truly transformative. Sometimes, I encounter the perspective that "youthful optimism is just naivete"—and that view couldn’t be more misguided. Young folks are well aware of the challenges we face. They know that transforming the world means making waves—and they aren’t afraid to do so. I’m so inspired by youth advocates who resist falling into hopelessness and despair, because they are armed with knowledge and authentic stories of a better, kinder, more sustainable food system. We would all do well to learn from them. So let’s show our kids what’s important. Let’s help them experience the fulfillment of fighting for a better world, and let’s introduce them to positive young role models in the food system. Let’s share these stories with young people in our lives so we, too, won’t lose sight of the optimism, joyfulness, and inspiration we can find in food! Our list includes books written by authors including: Taiye Selasi, Brian Selznick, Donna L. Washington, Jennie Romer, Toni Buzzeo, Mia Wenjen, Loree Griffin Burns, Angela Dominguez, Carin Berger, David L. Harrison, Adam Mansbach, Camila Alves McConaughey, Elizabeth Lilly, Andrea Wang, Jordan Scott, Anne Wynter, Cheryl Yau Chepusova, Patricia Tanumihardja, Lenny Wen, Linda Meeker, and Aaron Becker. The books on this list would make great last-minute holiday gifts, and I encourage you to get creative, too: Maybe your family could set a New Year’s resolution to all together learn more about the food system, for example. There are so many ways to get started. And nobody’s too young to make a difference! Through a meal, through conversations, and through reading and cooking. Speaking of cooking, I hope you’ll also take a look at our list of incredible global cookbooks, by authors including Ravinder Bhogal; Maya Feller; Klancy Miller; Rahanna Bisseret Martinez; Valentine Thomas; Imad Alarnab; Toni Tipton-Martin; Sandra A. Gutierrez; Send Chinatown Love; Rose Previte and Marah Stets; Yewande Komolafe; Margaret Li and Irene Li; Leah Koenig; Dave White; Trine Hahnemann; Nasim Alikhani and Theresa Gambacorta; Dale Gray; Pierre Thiam and Lisa Katayama; Sohla El-Waylly; Erika Council; Maunika Gowardhan; Kimbal Musk; Andi Oliver; José Andrés and Sam-Chapple-Sokol; and Nik Sharma. There are some great recipes in these books for cooks of all ages! Another quick note: Our work at Food Tank is powered by our global community of members! Joining Food Tank or upgrading your membership is a direct way to demonstrate a commitment to transforming the food system, and I’m grateful beyond words for the support from Food Tankers around the globe. I hope you’ll take a look at some options to join us HERE. As the year winds down, what are you hoping to see in the new year? What should we keep an eye on here at Food Tank, and what big strides are you counting on from policymakers, business leaders, and others? Keep me in the loop at [email protected], and I’ll see you next week. Onward, Dani Share this resource: Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram New On The "Food Talk" Podcast FOOD TALK with DANI IS0 1 guests b oToTshdeb i1 g "We Don’t Have Time to Wait:" How the Public and Private Sectors Are Taking Action Now on Food Systems Transformation On the podcast this week, I chat with a pair of inspiring women at the UN Climate Change Conference: Food Tank: The Food Think Tank Ross, the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Dorothy Shaver, the Global Food Sustainability Director for Unilever. Listen HERE → Read Youth Voices on Food Systems Op-Ed: Young People Must Have a Central Role in the Transformation of Food Systems "Changing our food systems is an intergenerational challenge that requires an intergenerational approach. We have no choice: we must empower youth to be in the driver’s seat," writes a global coalition of adult and youth leaders. Read → "If we could achieve progress on food systems, we could achieve progress on so much more," youth advocate Lana Weidgenant told Food Tank in 2021. Read → What Will Be the Legacy of Today’s Young Farmer Advocates? "If there is that interest and love and desire to work with land to grow food, (you shouldn't) have to sacrifice some sort of livelihood to do that," young farmer Verónica Mazariegos-Anastassiou said. Read → La Canasta Campesina Encourages Youth Engagement in Farming by Giving Youth a Voice "It’s very important that we dignify the lives of women and youth…and that we be the local enactors, either to identify the needs of our communities or execute projects," said Salvadoran advocate Kasandra Portillo. Read → #FoodTank Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram View web version • Food Tank: The Think Tank for Food, 1915 Bank Street, Baltimore, MD 21231, United States
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