Talking Hunger-Obesity Paradox on CBS8 San Diego

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - When you hear the words “hunger” and “obesity” you usually think they are 180 degrees opposite. What if that wasn’t really the case?

In America there are around 49 million hungry American’s but the food that is given to them isn’t always the best for them.

Social enterprise powerhouse, innovator, author, food systems activist, and social entrepreneur, Ellen Gustafson joined News 8 Morning Extra to talk about how we can address the growing problems around food.

Ellen Gustafson@ellengustafson

#sandiego join me tomorrow night to talk #socent #socialentrepreneurship with @AliciaQuinn10 @HeraHub https://twitter.com/missionedgesd/status/993621113870737410 …

8:48 PM - May 8, 2018

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Want more information on this subject? Ellen Gustafson will be at Hera Hub Sorrento Valley, Wednesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 to talk about how to get the eco-system of social entrepreneurship to grow in the community. 

 Watch the interview HERE

An Old-Fashioned Birth Announcement

An Old-Fashioned Birth Announcement

My piece on Cosmo.com about a big life change:

Unlike most people in my social network, when I was pregnant, I did not share the obligatory ultrasound at the end of the first trimester, or a picture of my husband and my shoes with baby ones in the middle, or make a “reveal” video. I didn’t do all of those things because until this child was safely in my arms after delivery, I was never so comfortable to think that she would definitely arrive.

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(Very) Local Action on International Women’s Day

(Very) Local Action on International Women’s Day

As an American woman on International Women’s Day, I am lucky to have the choice of which of the many issues affecting women in my community and around the world to advocate for. I don’t take this choice lightly. With women working around me still earning an average of 78 cents to the dollar our male counterparts earn for the same work and women across the economic spectrum still facing gender-related discrimination and violence, I am aware that we still have a long road to travel to true gender equality.

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In 2015, Let’s Snack on Some Hope

It’s a sign of the times that Mark Bittman is signing off from his post as theNew York Times food opinion writer this month (double pun, intended). Although he had been writing about food, restaurants, and recipes for the Times for years, Bittman started a fresh chapter at the Grey Lady at the start of 2011, by taking up the topic of food politics and food system issues in a new column.

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The Danger Behind Processed Foods Is More Serious Than We Ever Imagined

The Danger Behind Processed Foods Is More Serious Than We Ever Imagined

I studied international relations, security, and warfare for four years, but it wasn’t until I left college that I made the connection between hunger and terrorism. Let’s backtrack a bit for some context: In the early fall of 2001, I was in my senior year at Columbia University as a political science major with a focus on global security policy. Specifically, I had become interested in the way the U.S. and the world work to avoid war, and ensure security in the modern world.

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Good News: Butter Isn’t as Bad for You as You Thought

Good News: Butter Isn’t as Bad for You as You Thought

It's back on our plates and palates ... and new science suggests it's not as bad for you as everyone thought.

For years, butter—along with other types of full-fat dairy and meat—has been taboo for health-conscious eaters. With diligence, we’ve spooned our fat-free yogurt, sipped our skinny flavored lattes and booted steak from our plates, believing that saturated fat would make us fat and put us on track for heart disease.

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10 Food Choices That Will Change Your LIFE

10 Food Choices That Will Change Your LIFE

Our flawed food system has led to dual epidemics: hunger and obesity. In the past 30 years, we've seen the repercussions of global changes, and they aren't pretty. We're closing in on 1 billion people going hungry—and an even greater number are already overweight. As a nation, we've traditionally focused on making food fast, convenient, and widely available rather than good for us.

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"Ellen Gustafson caps Big Omaha with a swift kick in the a$$ on eating habits"

"Ellen Gustafson caps Big Omaha with a swift kick in the a$$ on eating habits"

I had a blast at the 2014 Big Omaha Conference last week and was so excited that my conference-closing talk on food system change that starts with "We the Eaters" and our dinner plates got such a great reaction in Nebraska - one of the key breadbasket states in our country!  A new crop of food companies and healthy food solutions will come from our next generation farmers, supported by the next generation of "We the Eaters"!!

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