As the son of displaced farmers, Michel Nischan, CEO, Founder and President of Wholesome Wave, grew up with a great appreciation for local agriculture and those who work the land. He translated these childhood values into a career as a James Beard Award-winning chef, author and restaurateur, becoming a catalyst for change in the sustainable food movement. This week on “the business of The Business”, Phil Colicchio sits down with Michel and picks his brain for a lively, insightful, and entertaining conversation. Learn about the history of the “farm to table” movement and how far we’ve come as a nation when it comes to the way we feed our population. This program was sponsored by The International Culinary Center.
“I was doing the whole farm to table thing in the 1980’s in Milwaukee, WI. At that time, if you told somebody that you and your sous chef drove out to get roadside asparagus with a pig in the back of your van, [customers] wouldn’t want to eat it. If you were doing farm to table, you were just weird!” [08:00]
“There are 50 million people that are so food insecure that they don’t have money for food that allows them to live a healthy lifestyle. 1 in 4 children are living in poverty in this country.” [21:00]
“Subsidies that go to processed food and big ag support the type of mechanization that actually eliminates jobs.”
–Michel Nischan on “the business of The Business”