TIME magazine recently announced its list of the 100 most influential people, and several of the picks are working on sustainability issues, most notably food. Not only is the nominee interesting, but the person chosen to write about the nominee holds some significant weight in the industry as well. See who the 7 influential thinkers are below:
- Michael Pollen, written by Alice Waters: "Unwilling to accept the food industry's account of where beef comes from, Michael bought a steer in Kansas to follow the life cycle of a kernel of corn from the laboratory to the feed bin to the restaurant where the beef is served. It's a harrowing tale, and since the moment I heard him tell it, I have not served corn-fed beef of any kind. I was Pollanized — and I am not alone."
- Kathleen Merrigan, written by Dan Barber: "Meeting Kathleen Merrigan for the first time can be confusing...Massachusetts native, child of the '70s, professor's daughter. You think: flower power, foodie, radical...And though her charge as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is to represent all factions — whatever decision she's making, as one Washington insider told me, she "walks between raindrops" — you think, She's one of us."
- Lisa Jackson, written by William D. Ruckelshaus: "Lisa Jackson is doing exactly what an Environmental Protection Agency Administrator is supposed to do — thoughtfully and carefully but aggressively implementing our environmental laws to protect public health and our environment. The job of the EPA Administrator is not to make people happy but to make them and their environment healthier."
- Elon Musk, written by Jon Favreau: "[Elon]...is also a green pioneer. He helped create Solar City, the largest provider of solar-power systems in the U.S. And he designed the Tesla, one of the first electric cars of the modern era. Bob Lutz, the vice chairman of General Motors, credits him with catalyzing GM to move toward electric cars."
- Tristan Lecomte, written by Gael García Bernal: "In 1998 he founded Alter Eco, a company that imports and distributes fair-trade products in France. These days he works directly with 40 cooperatives from 30 different countries and sells products worldwide. But Lecomte does more; he includes the environment in his formula, as a third party that needs to be a beneficiary of all business transactions. The result is a business that becomes healthy and long-lasting."
- Amy Smith, written by Sandy Pentland: "An engineer and the founder of MIT's innovative D-Lab, Smith, 47, is a former Peace Corps volunteer who spent parts of her childhood in India and Botswana. She's the creator of a hammer mill that converts grain to flour and an incubator that does not require electricity. Her design philosophy is elegant: create simple machines that meet particular needs and then build them locally."
- Will Allen, written by Van Jones: "At one time, the term urban farm sounded like an oxymoron. No longer. A new movement is sprouting up in America's low-income neighborhoods. Some urban residents, sick of fast food and the scarcity of grocery stores, have decided to grow good food for themselves. One of the movement's (literally) towering icons is Will Allen, 62, of Milwaukee's Growing Power Inc. His main 2-acre Community Food Center is no larger than a small supermarket. But it houses 20,000 plants and vegetables, thousands of fish, plus chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits and bees."
See the whole 100 List at TIME magazine.
Via: The Daily Green
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