As TEDxManhattan 2014 approaches, we've asked this year's speakers to introduce themselves by answering a few questions. Today we feature Peggy Neu, President of The Monday Campaigns.
What's the topic you'll be speaking about?
Meatless Monday: How a simple idea sparked a global healthy food movement.
Why is this important?
Going meatless once a week can reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.
Are there other projects you're also passionate about right now – yours or someone else's?
I'm on the board of the Nalanda Institute which seeks to infuse contemplative insights and practices into our daily lives. Nurturing happiness and compassion in ourselves naturally leads us to make choices that are good for our health and the health of the planet.
Which other 2014 TEDxManhattan speakers are you excited about hearing? Which past speakers did you particularly enjoy?
Lance Price is doing groundbreaking work in linking the use of antibiotics in food animals to the emergence of new superbugs. It's crazy to continue using massive amounts of antibiotics in factory farms and risk reducing the effectiveness of antibiotics in humans.
[2013 speaker] Steve Wing is also doing great work in documenting the negative impact of factory farms on communities in North Carolina. We need to move away from industrial farm animal production and one way to do that is to eat less meat.
Where can more information about your project be found?
TEDxManhattan, “Changing the Way We Eat,,” will take place March 1, 2014 at the TimesCenter in New York City. Interested in joining the day? You can host or attend a viewing party in your community. You can also watch the talks live on March 1 at new.livestream.com/tedx/manhattan2014. For more information, please visit http://www.tedxmanhattan.org/.