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NRDC Thought For Food Benefit Celebrating Safe and Sustainable Eating

Santa Monica, June 4th, 2014. This evening, the Natural Resources Defense Council had their Thought for Food benefit, which celebrated safe and sustainable eating. Those who care about food safety and the future of feeding our planet came together – including Amber Valletta, Isabel Lucas, Aloe Blacc, Michael Richards, Teddy Sears, Adan Canto along with Alan Horn, Ron Meyer and others. Aloe Blacc got the crowd of 150 dancing to his hits “Wake Me Up” (with Avicci), “I Need a Dollar”, “Love is the Answer” (with Pharrell) and more. The event was truly a green production – food served was organic, sustainably harvested and 100% vegetarian; edible/living centerpieces will be replanted and/or donated to a local school; invites and programs were on 100% post-consumer recycled content paper using plant based inks; no disposable utensils, dishes or plastic bottles were used; and waste from the event will be composted.

“Americans are realizing that if we change the way we eat, we can change the way the food system works,” said Frances Beinecke, president of NRDC. “When we grow, purchase, prepare and enjoy food with care, we do more than provide our loved ones with delicious meals. The food we eat every day is also an incredibly powerful tool for preserving our communities, safeguarding the planet and protecting our families’ health.”

NRDC’s aims to tackle the greatest human health threats posed by industrial food production practices, including the misuse of antibiotics in livestock, the environmental and energy impact of food waste, soil degradation due to toxic over-fertilization, and pesticides in food and water. In recent years, the NRDC’s advocacy and litigation efforts have resulted in a landmark legal win against FDA over the misuse of antibiotics in factory farms, the banning of dozens of toxic pesticides called organophosphates that threaten human health, an overall reduction in pesticide exposure to children, and heightened consumer awareness of food waste on the farm and in the kitchen.

The benefit was held in Santa Monica at the site of the City’s Main Street Farmers Market and featured an energizing musical performance from Aloe Blacc. Stanford University infectious disease specialist and microbiologist, Dr. David Relman spoke about the human health risks created by the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals. Dayna and Steven Bochco & Cami and Howard Gordon serve as benefit co-chairs. Host committee members include Beate and Christopher Chee, Laurie David and Bart Thorpe, Janet Friesen, Alan and Cindy Horn, Kelly and Ron Meyer, Audrey Sarn and John Peed, Lauren and Benedikt Taschen, the David Geffen Foundation, Jena and Michael King, and Bob Barth and Nichole Frank, among others.

The benefit celebrates local, organic and sustainable cuisine in the following ways: The menu features seasonal, organically-grown and sustainably harvested ingredients and following the “100-mile diet” philosophy. The meal will be 100% vegetarian. Edible/living centerpieces will be locally sourced from One Gun Ranch and will be replanted following the event or donated to a local school. Invitations and programs for the evening are all produced with 100% post-consumer recycled content paper using plant based inks. No disposable utensils, plates, or cups will be used. No plastic bottled water will be served. Organic waste from the event will be composted.

Celebrities attending were Musician Aloe Blacc (who also performed at the event), Amber Valletta (ABC’s “Revenge”), Isabel Lucas (The Water Diviner; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Michael Richards (“Seinfeld”), Adan Canto (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Teddy Sears (Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”). NRDC President Frances Beinecke. Event Co-Chairs Dayna Bochco & Steven Bochco (producer/writer, “Murder in the First”, “NYPD Blue”), Cami Gordon & Howard Gordon (producer, “Homeland” & The “24” Franchise). Stanford University Infectious Disease Specialist & Microbiologist, Dr. David Relman. Host Committee Members Laurie David (author, producer, advocate), Alan Horn (Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios), Kelly Meyer & Ron Meyer (President & COO, Universal Studios).

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.