April 8, 2010
As I travel along the East Coast, giving presentations about “The Story Behind the Food” that we eat, every audience is different. Some are wide-eyed and silent, asking few questions. Some have seen “Food, Inc.”, or read The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and are eager to learn more. And then some groups are all about asking challenging questions. These groups are typically made up of individuals who are very passionate about food issues, and are excited to learn about what Bon Appétit is doing to create change, but are not afraid to challenge us either.
I recently went to such a college—I was invited to speak as part of the Green Lecture Series at
A favorite high school teacher of mine once told me: “If you learn nothing else in this class, I want you to learn how to ask questions. Never stop asking why. It’s the first step to making a difference.” So to all those who raised their hands in the Gallaudet crowd, I say: Keep doing what you’re doing. Keep asking questions of companies, of institutions, of yourselves—and I think you’ll have a very green future ahead of you.
And thanks for all the great questions.