We're at the Beginning of a Food Revolution, with Sam Kass
New Food Order
“We're in the beginnings of a total revolution, and I'm excited about it.” This week’s guest is reflecting on the transformation occurring across the food and agriculture industries. Not since the Green Revolution has the industry seen such change. It hasn’t happened overnight. Over the past decade, entrepreneurs, corporates, activists, investors, and policy makers have been working to transform our food system. But what will it take to actually transform the system to make it way better for all people and our planet? What are the key levers for total transformation? Louisa and Danielle speak about the food revolution that’s underway with Sam Kass, former Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama administration, Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign and the Obama family chef. Today, Sam is a partner at Acre Venture Partners, a venture capital fund investing in the future of food with a mission to improve human and environmental health in the food system. In this lively and extensive conversation, we cover: Sam’s personal journey from chef, to nutrition policy advisor for the Obamas, to Venture CapitalistCarbon marketsThe importance of mindset and cultural shift in agricultureThe Inflation Reduction Act Nothing in this material is (or should be considered to be financial, investment or other advice on which reliance should be placed. No opinion given in the material constitutes a recommendation by the guest or hosts that any particular investment, security, transaction or investment strategy is suitable for any specific person. Their trading strategies do not guarantee any return and New Food Order shall not be held responsible for any loss that you may incur, either directly or indirectly, arising from any investment based on any information contained herein, or any loss that you may incur, either directly or indirectly, arising from any investment based on any information contained herein. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Links & Resources: Carbon resources https://medium.com/@pledge_app/a-beginners-guide-to-navigating-carbon-markets-ec290a6d1bdf https://carboncredits.com/what-are-carbon-credits-in-agriculture/ https://www.ctvc.co/giving-carbon-credit-where-its-due/ https://www.ctvc.co/the-dirt-on-soil-carbon-sequestration/ https://agfundernews.com/carbon-is-not-a-dirty-word-the-case-for-recarbonizing-our-soils https://agfundernews.com/the-carbon-question-making-global-carbon-markets-work-for-farmers https://agfundernews.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-government-involvement-in-carbon-credit-markets https://agfundernews.com/agri-carbon-market-map-companies-helping-harness-benefits-regen-ag https://agfundernews.com/carbon-credits-in-ag-dishing-the-dirt Sam’s firm: https://acre.vc/ Startups https://www.loambio.com/ https://meati.com/ https://inari.com/ Inflation Reduction Act: https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/public-and-social-sector/our-insights/the-inflation-reduction-act-heres-whats-in-it (edited) Subscribe to our newsletters that track all of the business, tech, and investment trends in food: https://tinyurl.com/nfonewsletters Follow us on Instagram: @newfoodorderpod Follow us on Linkedin: AgFunder & Food+ Tech Connect Thank you to our partners New Hope Network & FoodShot Global New Hope Network New Hope Network is a media, events and business intelligence company, covering natural products trends, industry insights and marketplace data that educate the industry about key issues, like regenerative agriculture, sustainability, responsible sourcing and more. Visit newhope.com. FoodShot Global FoodShot leverages resources from investors around the world to provide non-dilutive, equity, and post-investment capacities to innovators. Find out more at foodshot.org. New Food Order is brought to you by AgFunder and Food+Tech Connect. Visit agfunder.com and foodtechconnect.com to find out more.
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015: Sam Kass - Former White House Chef & Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition
Sam Kass is the former Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama administration, Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign and the Obama family chef. He is a Partner in Acre Venture Partners. After cooking for the Obamas in Chicago for two years, Sam joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009. During his White House tenure, he took on several additional roles including Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. Sam is the first person in the history of the White House to have a position in the Executive Office of the President and the Residence. As one of the First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, he helped the First Lady create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden. Currently Sam is a Partner at Acre Venture Partners. Acre is a venture capital fund investing in the future of food with a mission to improve human and environmental health in the food system. The fund focuses on early stage, highly disruptive impactful companies in the food system focused on agriculture, supply chain and consumer. In 2011, Fast Company included Sam in their list of 100 Most Creative People, and in 2012, he helped create the American Chef Corps, which is dedicated to promoting diplomacy through culinary initiatives. He is an MIT Media Lab fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago. Sam is the author of Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World, which was published by Clarkson Potter on April 17, 2018. On this episode of What’s Burning, Sam Kass’ chat with Host Mitchell Davis includes conversation around working with Michelle Obama on a healthier America, food and agriculture's role in mitigating climate change, and accidentally smashing the Truman Balcony on the White House gingerbread house!
Elizabeth welcomes Sam Kass, former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama administration. Today, Sam is a partner in Acre Venture Partners, investing in the future of food with a focus around climate change. Sam has a passion for an overall larger mission to help educate and empower others towards making healthy, sustainable, and environmentally friendly food choices. In the episode, Sam shares a few of his largest health campaigns to come out of the White House that he takes great pride in, how Michelle Obama helped healthy eating go even more mainstream, and he takes us back to his beginnings as a new chef in Vienna. Sam talks about how we can hold our private food companies more responsible, along with personal ways we can reduce waste and leave the planet in better condition. Finally, Sam talks about cooking for Oprah, a few of his own favorite recipes from his book Eat a Little Better, and how using more of your produce can help fund your next vacation. Sam: Twitter | Acre | Ted Talk | Instagram Mentioned: White House True Health Initiative 312 Chicago Do Good FoodsEat a Little Better Ozark Say Hi To Elizabeth and Purely Elizabeth: Website | Instagram
Why Pizza And Fries Can Be Claimed As Vegetables Through School Lunch Programs with Sam Kass
The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.
Food is political, whether we like it or not. From the subsidies used to grow the crops that produce our massive amounts of ultra-processed foods, to school lunches, to the meals being served on our own dinner tables and even in the White House, the state of our food system is impacted by policy on an incredible scale. My guest on today’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy has played a very positive role in trying to impact those policies for the better to make America healthier as a whole. Sam Kass is the former Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama administration.After cooking for the Obamas in Chicago for two years, Sam joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009. During his White House tenure, he took on several additional roles including Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. As one of the First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, he helped the First Lady create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden. Currently, Sam is a Partner at Acre Venture Partners. Acre is a venture capital fund investing in the future of food with a mission to improve human and environmental health in the food system. The fund focuses on early-stage, highly disruptive impactful companies in the food system focused on agriculture, supply chain, and consumer. Sam is also the author of Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World.*For context, this episode was recorded in March 2020.This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens, Thrive Market, Theragun and Farmacy.I use Athletic Greens in the morning as part of my daily routine. It’s really one supplement that covers so many bases and you’d be hard-pressed to find something else this comprehensive in one place. Right now Athletic Greens is offering my audience their Vitamin D3/K2 Liquid Formula free with your first purchase. Just go to athleticgreens.com/hyman to get your free bottle of Vitamin D3 and K2 with your first purchase. Thrive Market has made it so easy for me to stay healthy, even with my intense travel schedule. Not only does Thrive offer 25 to 50% off all of my favorite brands, but they also give back. For every membership purchased, they give a membership to a family in need. Get up to $20 in shopping credit when you sign up and any time you spend more than $49 you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping. All you have to do is head over to thrivemarket.com/Hyman.The Theragun is a percussive handheld therapy tool that I can use at home on myself or you can use it on a partner. There are a variety of devices to choose from and multiple head attachments to get different kinds of targeted muscle treatments. The Gen Four series, with an OLED screen, personalized Theragun app, and plenty of power for deep relaxation start at just $199. Just go to theragun.com/Hyman to get your Theragun today.Here are more of the details from our interview : Sam’s experience training as a chef in Vienna and how it led him to think about agriculture and food policy (8:34)How Sam began cooking for the Obama family and his experience working in the White House (12:24)The passage of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and the challenges around school lunch reform (16:05)How tomato sauce, French fries, and pizza came to be considered vegetables in schools (19:39)The impactfulness of the “Community Eligibility Program” provision in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act which allows schools to serve free breakfast to students (25:24)The current administration’s attempts to roll back standards put into place through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (31:26)The reason why junk food is more affordable than healthy food (41:07)Why government is not well positioned to change our food system (43:00)Innovation in the food industry (45:00)The negative feedback loop between food production and climate change (48:36)Check out Sam’s cookbook, “Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World: A Cookbook” here.Follow Sam on Twitter @chefsamkass and on Instagram @samkassdc Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sam Kass — The Little Brother President Obama Never Had
The Black Sheep Podcast
Sam Kass is the little brother President Barack Obama never had. As the personal chef to the Obamas in the White House, Sam also co-founded a wellness movement with First Lady Michelle Obama. His stories are rich, unvarnished, and fun — a perfect way to end Season 2 of the Black Sheep Podcast!
Never underestimate the power of STEAM. In late October, Norwich held a STEAM symposium—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. With powers combined, practitioners explore the intersections of these disciplines for creative approaches to problem-solving. At the symposium, Norwich hosted three such experts, including Sam Kass, former White House policy advisor for nutrition under President Barack Obama, Stephanie Taylor, an MD and architect who spoke on “The Building Will See You Now: the Healing Power of Indoor Environments,” and William Thoet, former chairman of the National ALS Association and supporter of the Ice Bucket Challenge. All three guests joined our Odyssey team in the WNUB studios for lively discussions on important subjects that affect us all, from nutrition to public health, with a special emphasis on the importance of interdisciplinarity. In conjunction with the STEAM Symposium, Sam Kass also delivered a talk, “Eat A Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World,” as part of the Todd Lecture Series. You can view the lecture here. Norwich Odyssey is a joint production of the Norwich University Office of Communications and WNUB FM Radio. Caption: First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chef Sam Kass (center, pictured) show students from the Bancroft Elementary how to plant a garden, April 9, 2009. Photo by Samantha Appleton, originally published on whitehouse.gov. Episode 14
Sam Kass on How What You See Shapes What You Eat [2/2]
Special Sauce with Ed Levine
In part two of my interview with former Obama personal chef and Obama White House food activist Sam Kass, I got schooled big-time about the role visuals play in how you eat at home. "The first lesson that I learned, that I think is maybe most helpful for people, is you eat what you see. How you set your home up can have a transformational impact on what you actually consume. Basically, the things you're trying to eat more of, you should put out in plain sight, and the things you're trying to eat less of, you should put on the top shelf or the back of the freezer, in the bottom of the drawer, because you see the bag of cookies on the counter, and then you say to yourself, 'Oh, I'd like a cookie.'" That's what Kass taught the Obama family, and if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me and probably for most serious eaters as well. Though he served as one of the leading figures in the good-food movement, via his position as executive director of Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative, Kass doesn't have time for the purists: "It pisses me off, to be quite honest with you, that we make people feel a certain way about how they're wrong when it comes to how they're eating. This book"—Kass's recently published
All right, I admit it: I've always fantasized about having one of the Obamas as a guest on Special Sauce. And while I haven't given up hope entirely, I realize that Sam Kass, my guest on Special Sauce this week, might be as close as I get to that particular dream. Sam is an author and food policy activist, and I first heard about him when he was tapped by Michelle Obama in 2013 to be the executive director of her Let's Move campaign, which focused on changing attitudes about food and nutrition in America. By that point in time, Sam had already been working at the White House for about four years, both as a chef and as an advisor. Sam has since taken some of the lessons he tried to impart there and written the cookbook Eat A Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World, which is also something of a gentle food manifesto. We started the conversation off with what it was like for Sam growing up, and he said that he started cooking for his family when he was nine; part of his allowance was even budgeted for the shopping. But he didn't really use recipes. "I would just make it up," Sam said, "I remember I cooked chicken thighs with a bunch of dried herbs and some onions, and maybe some mushrooms that I just sort of threw together. It came out actually really well...I got lucky, I think. Because then I tried to do it the next time, and put so many dried herbs into it that it was basically inedible." Such is life as a nine-year-old chef. As we talked, it seemed like Sam and I were bonding quite nicely. Well, at least until I brought up Chicago's deep dish pizzas, which turned out to be a sore subject. Here's a bit of the transcript: Ed Levine: How did you feel about Chicago pizza? Were you a lover of deep dish pizza? Sam Kass: Of course. Are you kidding me? Ed Levine: I ask that because when I, I wrote a pizza book. A book all about pizza. In it I uttered some blasphemous statements about Chicago pizza. Sam Kass: I'm amazed you're still alive. I hope you'll check out both this week and next week's podcast to listen to how the talented and thoughtful Sam Kass became an invaluable member of the Obamas' White House team. The full transcript for this episode can be found here at Serious Eats.
From the White House to the World: Food, Health, and Climate Change, with Chef Sam Kass
Carnegie Council Podcasts
Entrepreneur Sam Kass talks about his experiences as chef and senior policy nutrition advisor in the White House, including titbits about the Obamas, initiatives to improve schoolchildren's health, and the lunch he served to world leaders made up of food waste. (Pass the "landfill salad"!) He also discusses the links between climate change and food, healthy eating, and hunger in the U.S. and abroad.