Tell us a bit about what you do?
Our organization is pretty unique. We work to find pathways to transition to healthy and sustainable diets for all. Globally we consume 70 billion animals a year and that requires 75% of our global agricultural land and a disproportionate amount of water, fertilizers, pesticides, while being a dominant driver of water pollution, deforestation and biodiversity loss. It projected that demand for animal, fish and dairy products will double by 2050.
We simply don’t have enough planet for that. There is significant attention on how to try to produce animal foods more efficiently, but very little attention on how to address the consumption-side of the equation. Most of us are eating more than double the protein we need, accompanied by too much fat and not enough fiber isn’t good for our health either. So we work on strategies to ensure access to sustainable healthy food choices. A global shift to healthy and sustainable diets would liberate land and freshwater, create more space for nature, and improve health and wellbeing of the 9 billion of us sharing the planet by 2050. We were founded by the director James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron, and visionary cellular entrepreneur Craig McCaw- and they think out of the box and very big. Its a big challenge, and no doubt an uphill battle! But we have had tremendous success with a number of our initiatives so far and I think the future looks bright.
How would you describe London to a tourist?
There are many Londons. Living here can be like living in a small village where everyone knows your name. But then you don’t have to venture far to explore the rich history of England’s legacy and also global cultures and cuisines. Its the diversity that gives the city texture and gives it a creative pulse.
What are your tips to staying in touch and grounded in todays crazy world?
Wild space. Poetry. Yoga. Cooking. My kid. Its so important to go where the trees are breathing with me. Its not the same with manicured landscapes. England is full of lush and wild places. I listen to poetry when walking, and also try to read one poem a day, it instantly transports me to a different feeling state and the business falls away. I go to yoga to literally lose my mind- otherwise there is no off-switch in my head. I work on food issues all day dealing with the worst news about the state of our food system and environment, getting into the kitchen and engaging all my senses in preparing nourishing food for those I love is the most grounding thing. The colors, textures, sounds and smells as the weave together are both a mediation, an art, and a practice of service and love for my family. My daughter reminds me that nothing is as important as each minute I get to hold her in my arms.
Words to live by?
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” Rilke
Do you have a role model?
The Little Prince