Over the course of the past year, Food Tank has released more than 70 episodes of our podcast, Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg. We’ve brought together folks from dozens of countries on nearly every continent to discuss virtually all aspects of the past, present, and future of food.

As the show’s host, I have the privilege of speaking with so many engaging and inspiring advocates, writers, business leaders, farmers, chefs, and more on the podcast this year. These conversations not only bring up key questions that must be considered as we enter a new year of food system change, but answer them, too.

These nine quotes are the start of a roadmap for the coming months and years of transformation in global food:

How can we address the health challenges faced by our bodies and our planet at the same time?

“Deep medicine, for us, is the understanding that health can no longer be viewed as something we can try to get as individuals. We have to understand that health must be attained in the context of our communities, of our families, where we are in our societies, and in relationship to the web of life.”

— Dr. Rupa Marya, co-author of Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice. Watch Dani’s conversation with her and advocate Raj Patel here.

What are chefs doing to reclaim Indigenous and traditional cuisines?

“My approach to food is really from farm to table, and part of that is a reclamation of heritage crops… How do we explore these West African culinary traditions and techniques? How do we apply them to Global North or Western Style cuisine? There’s room for growth, and it’s not about cultural appropriation; it’s really about exchange.”

— Ozoz Sokoh, Nigerian Food Explorer, culinary anthropologist, and author of the blog Kitchen Butterfly, in conversation about the Double Pyramid model of health and wellness. Read more here.

Read the full article about building a better food system this year by Danielle Nierenberg at Food Tank.