What to Expect at Expo West

What to Expect at Expo West

6 Not-To-Miss Trends Shaping the Future of Food


This week over 80,000 health and wellness leaders will gather in Annaheim, CA for what some call the Fashion Week of food: Natural Products Expo West is where the world’s top food companies, healthy-food innovators, retailers, and even potential investors as come together under one roof to ask “what’s next?”

Here area some of the biggest trends to watch for at this year’s show that are already reshaping how we eat and drink in 2018.

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What is Biodynamic Farming?

What is Biodynamic Farming?

That’s the question driving one of the biggest breakthrough ideas to move into the mainstream in 2017: Biodynamic Farming

If you haven’t yet brushed up against biodynamics at the grocery store, in your meal-delivery kit or during a recent restaurant outing, expect to soon.

Why? I tackle that question in my latest column with Clean Eating Magazine: Is Biodynamic the New Organic? But it's part of a broader push by good food innovators to rethink what's possible when it comes to agriculture...how can we go a step beyond organics to farm in a way that's resilient, restorative, and helps regenerate not only the quality of our food, but also the planet?

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4 Reasons Bee Health is a Huge Opportunity for the Food Industry

4 Reasons Bee Health is a Huge Opportunity for the Food Industry

While there’s plenty of buzz right now about plant-based veggie burgers upending the status quo in meat cases in markets across the country (Safeway recently joined the meatless trend), there’s another breakthrough idea that's reshaping the food system in an equally powerful (though quieter) way from the ground up. It’s bee the health of bees.

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5 New Trends Potentially Defining the Future of Food

5 New Trends Potentially Defining the Future of Food

If Elon Musk is in a race to Mars, Esca Bona is in the race to hack the Good Food Future.

Check out the Esca Bona Conference Program and Speakers and follow the conversation with #EscaBona. (Disclosure: I was given a Press Pass to attend.)

The conference was held last week in Austin last week. And its vision was bold: to map the best ideas on how we can build and scale a new kind of food system. One that’s better for both people and planet, and massively available and affordable to all.

Before you pooh-pooh this type of thinking as far out or fringe, consider this: these are some of the very same folks who ushered in our current obsession for things like kale chips, chia pudding and quinoa. 

So what rose to the top of this “Best Idea Blitz”?

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Sustainable Diets: The Paradox at the Front Lines

Sustainable Diets: The Paradox at the Front Lines

I am just back from Granada Spain, where I spoke last week at the International Congress of Dietetics. The theme was sustainability and the crucial role that sustainable diets play.  I met some truly visionary global colleagues who are creating the framework we need to shift to a new paradigm of planetary health.

But I see a deep paradox emerging for those of us who work in sustainability and who believe in sustainable diets. At the heart of our challenge is this:

How does someone passionate about building a more sustainable, healthy and just food and nutrition environment justify un-sustainable behaviors?

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The YOU Food Economy: 4 Trends Revolutionizing the Way We Eat

The YOU Food Economy: 4 Trends Revolutionizing the Way We Eat

Unless you’v been living under a rock, you know how rapidly the food landscape is changing. You know that today eaters are increasingly calling the shots-through their food dollars, social entrepreneurship, social media influence, or even with products they have created for the marketplace.

The mega-trend that’s emerging from all this? I call it the YOU Food Economy.

Far beyond debating  fat vs. carbohydrate, practicing Paleo or slashing sugar, the YOU Food Economy is about creating a food plan and eating philosophy that’s uniquely based on the total sum of YOU. Here are 4 ideas transforming the nutrition arena now-and that are worth watching closely.

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3 Secrets for Optimal Energy: My Event With CLIF Bar

3 Secrets for Optimal Energy:  My Event With CLIF Bar

We all know from experience that optimal energy is the vital juice that helps us feel supercharged to perform our best during athletic adventure, and even just to take on our day. In the business world a sense of abundant, high quality energy can actually be a competitive advantage, as so many of us struggle with feeling flat, foggy and fatigued. (3pm slump, anyone?) Yet while many people commonly confuse "stimulation" (think caffeine or energy drinks) with energy, they could not be more different.

I just got back from the Registered Dietitian Retreat in Napa, where I was honored to host a forum about "How to Eat for Optimal Energy" with my partners at CLIF Bar. We explored 3 essential ideas that help create optimal energy. (With full disclosure, CLIF Bar is a client of mine). The event was hosted for some of the country's top dietitians. And, the setting? The incredibly gorgeous CLIF Family Organic Farm at CLIFs Regis.

I would love to share with you what we explored.

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The GMO Labeling Debate and What it Really Represents

The GMO Labeling Debate and What it Really Represents

Tomorrow, the Senate is set to vote on legislation that would potentially override a patchwork of state initiatives and pass a federal mandate that would block any mandatory labeling of GMO foods.

However, I don’t want to just talk about the GMO labeling debate, but rather that struggle it represents.

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Why Authenticity is the New Transparency in Food

Why Authenticity is the New Transparency in Food

Pick up a bag of standard potato chips from any major food company today, and you are likely to see two things. One, an ingredient list that sounds simple and familiar such as“Potatoes, Vegetable Oil, and Salt”. Two, a story of a farmer who grows potatoes.

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No Sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines? Why That May Not Really Matter

No Sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines? Why That May Not Really Matter

In the nutrition and food world, the Dietary Guidelines are the equivalent of our “fashion week." Thus, when it was announced earlier this week that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines won’t include sustainability in their diet recommendations for Americans, it set off a ripple of chatter. (For the first time ever, sustainability was proposed in the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Report earlier this year).

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