How One Woman is Transforming the Food System

Episode 57 1h 8m
Topics Overview


What if we could lift 150 million people out of hunger?

By empowering women farmers with education, money, and other resources we could increase crop yields by 20 to 30% and do just that.

And if you’re wondering why I’m specifically talking about women, it’s because on a global scale women do not have the same accessibility to own land, receive loans, and other essential components of farming. Yet, they are leading the way when it comes to agriculture.

Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy I’m joined by Danielle Nierenberg to talk about the foundational role women play in agriculture all over the world and how we can all become better food activists.

Danielle co-founded the non-profit Food Tank in 2013 as an organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters.

Prior to starting Food Tank, Danielle spent two years traveling to more than 60 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America, meeting with farmers and farmers’ groups, scientists and researchers, policymakers and government leaders, students and academics, along with journalists, documenting what’s working to help alleviate hunger and poverty, while protecting the environment at the same time.

Danielle’s knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 8,000 major print and broadcast outlets worldwide.

Join us for this episode and let’s make this a global conversation for a better food system.

Topics Covered

  • The stories that most impacted Dani during her travels


  • What the Green Revolution got wrong and how to support small and medium holder farms


  • The paradox of hunger and obesity


  • Why Food Tank includes representation from Big Ag and companies like Monsanto at its annual summits


  • People who are inspiring Dani in the food movement


  • Why ignoring women in the food system would be to our own peril


  • The single biggest impediment to changing food and health in America


  • Why farmers are incentivized to grow crops they know that will fail and why is high fructose corn syrup is in everything


  • The most effective way to change policy


  • Food Tank’s partnership with the James Beard Foundation finding opportunities to get involved in your own community using the Good Food Org Guide


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Ep. 57 - How One Woman is Transforming the Food System