In this section you can support Extraordinary Teenagers who are Changing the Game with their fresh take on problems our generation has struggled with.
Whether the idea for their project came from personal hardship, experience or simply social media, these teenagers are making a difference.
Changing the game in a city environment means people learning and working together through shared initiatives such as urban rooftop gardens and community gardens. It means promoting natural methods like companion planting to deter pests and reducing chemical use to produce superior nutrition, vitamin and mineral retention.
Changing the game in farming means permaculture and natural cycle farming – working in harmony with the environment! This produces the best nutritional outcomes which in turn help an entire Community to reduce medical costs from unhealthy diets.
Changing the game also means eliminating food waste through food recovery programs.
Finally Changing the Game means not going down the path of forcing production with excessive fertilisers and pesticides, or using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that may expose an entire generation to terrible and unknown health outcomes.
Stephen Ritz is a dynamic inspiration for kids in the Bronx who were accustomed to believing there was no more hope for them. His enthusiasm is undoubtedly contagious, enabling troubled teenagers to secure sources of income with the knowledge he provided them in and out of school. In addition to restoring hope, Stephen also helped the malnourished community reclaim their health by growing local produce from his very own classrooms. His non-profit organization, called the “Green Bronx Machine,” harvested enough produce to feed 450 people. Now that’s what you call “serving the community” in the truest sense of the phrase!
Ron Finley is not your typical gardener; his garden transformed the lives of many in his barren community in South Central Los Angeles. Prior to his initiative, he and his neighbors had to drive for over 45 minutes just to buy fresh produce. So, to save money on gas and beautify his front lawn, he began planting food himself. He was apprehended, but 900 signatures managed to get authorities off his back. Ron co-founded an organization to put gardens in South Central L.A. He remains a humble gardener despite being a famous speaker.
As tribe leader, Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui had to do something to save “Paiter Surui,” his niche in the Amazon Forest. Loggers did not give up easily, considering the century-old trees they hoped to bring in. When this Surui Chief began to act against logging, a bounty was put on his head, forcing him to leave his people for seven months. More determined than ever, Chief Almir kept his partnership with Google Earth Outreach and has found a way to liberate his people from loggers through a 50-year development plan.
Can someone who loves gardening as a hobby really make an impact? Robin Emmons did so with the help of volunteers and donors who made “Sow Much Good” grow from a backyard initiative into a “Movement for Food Justice.” Tired of the rat race, Robin quit her job to do some self-searching; after a few weeks, she was told that her brother was being held in jail for an undiagnosed schizophrenic outburst. Concerned about her brother’s deteriorating health in the mental facility, she volunteered to bring fresh produce from her backyard garden. She soon realized that her purpose was all around her – literally.
Throughout Bill Mollison’s life, he has consistently promoted the concept of “permaculture,” encouraging people to grow their own food and teaching sustainable methods of producing it. Often called the “Father of Permaculture,” Bill has contributed greatly to its international popularity through not only his lectures, but also his bestselling books.
Farming is one of the oldest and most fundamental occupations in the world. Humanity owes much of its food production to hard-working farmers who spend their days labouring under the heat of the sun so we can have food on our tables.
Food is often among the most significant factors that affect a person’s health. Throughout history, man has always sought ways to improve what he eats, but it is quite unfortunate that the modernization of food has made artificial much of what we eat, removing many nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy. Fortunately, though, there are still people in the world that promote natural food and support natural farming – people like Gary Paul Nabhan.
As one of the most influential teachers/lecturers of health and wellness, Dean Ornish has indeed made his mark in the world by introducing revolutionary, healthy and convenient methods of avoiding diseases. Through his work with the “Preventive Medicine Research Institute,” which he founded himself, Dean has become an established expert on an international level.
Michael Pollan is a celebrated writer who educates people about the wonders of good food. Lean and fit, Michael walks the walk and does not consume anything processed. He wrote four bestselling books: “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,” “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” and “The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World.” A contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Michael has also served as Harper Magazine’s Executive Editor for 10 years.
Annemarie Colbin is a widely-renowned and award winning nutritionist, health and food advocate, author, lecturer and entrepreneur who is most famous for establishing the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, the oldest natural food cooking school in the United States. She is also a very highly sought-after speaker and is one of the foremost personalities in the field of natural health.
Mark Hyman is a professional doctor who is known for his take at treating diseases. He coined “diabesity” to refer to the most common illness of people in this processed food generation. Dr. Hyman is one of the most respected health gurus of today having founded The UltraWellness Center that introduces liberal and unconventional approach towards healing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. His books were mostly bestsellers and his Daniel Plan, a project he did with Saddleback Church’s Rick Warren, became so successful that it was adopted by many organizations thereby validating his genius in the health department.
Anthony Michael Bourdain is a world-renowned chef, writer, travel journalist and television personality who is most famous for hosting and producing the television show “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” a food and travel reality series that was one of the most famous shows of its kind. Not only was it among the most popular, it also became an inspiration for other shows to be based on. In his over fifty years in the food industry, Anthony has established a reputation amongst his viewers and readers for being someone who truly loves food, and loves to share his love of food to others.
Birke Baehr is a youth advocate for sustainable food and farming. His TEDx 2010 talk is at one point the most watched TEDx video in history with almost 2 million views in YouTube and counting.. He was only 11 years old that time, making him the youngest TEDx speaker. He confidently spoke about a subject even some adults had little to no knowledge at all. Birke earnestly applied to become a TEDx speaker because he is out to get answers to his question: “What's wrong with our food system?”
They are fast, affordable, and very convenient—those are some of the strongest selling points of fast food. From the onset, most nutritionists have warned the public of fast food’s possible contribution to the growing number of obese people. Consumption of genetically modified organisms is said to be blamed for this alarming trend in weight gain. Yet KFC, McDonald’s, and many other giant fast-food concessionaires keep sprouting up rapidly like mushrooms. They offer a wide array of children’s food, snacks, and even—hold your breath!—“healthful” food.
Jamie Oliver is one of the most renowned chefs in the world and probably the youngest who has ever reached the kind of fame and fortune he is enjoying today. He has been featured in numerous television shows and has even created a number of his own, starting from the award-winning series “The Naked Chef.” He has also won numerous awards for his cooking skills, television shows and books, and is often ranked among the top five most influential people in the United Kingdom hospitality industry.
How many entrepreneurs have the decency and ethics to care less about profit? How many of them are sincerely inclined to create honest-to-goodness jobs? In this capitalist-driven age, most will not believe such a business person actually exists. Yes, the late Anita Roddick was very much a real person, a shrewd entrepreneur, and a woman of worth. Yes, she did not care less about generating income if it would trample on anybody’s rights. And yes, she is believed to have donated all of her wealth to charities before she died.