Join us for an actionable evening with EWG Co-Founder Ken Cook
& Functional Medicine Leader Frank Lipman, M.D. 

Ken Cook and Frank Lipman will explore the alarming changes in Americans’ diets and health, and take a deep dive into our food system to reveal the reasons why our country is trapped in toxic farming, environmental destruction and stratified food supplies – and what it means for your health. 

Americans’ health has declined dramatically in recent decades: Cases of chronic and severe health conditions including obesity, reproductive issues and cancer have increased notably. Could these major health issues be traced back to the food you consume, and how it is managed and grown? Frank Lipman will reveal the clinical health perspective on chemicals found in food and in our bodies, while Ken Cook will discuss current U.S. food policies, their destructive effects on our food system and health, and the changes that are necessary to put our nation back on track. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss. 

Doors open at 6:30pm; Conversation begins at 7pm

Ken Cook, president and co-founder of Environmental Working Group, is widely recognized as one of the environmental community’s most prominent and influential critics of industrial agriculture, U.S. food and farm policy and the nation’s broken approach to protecting families and children from toxic substances.

Under Cook’s leadership over the past 20 years, EWG has pioneered the use of digital technologies to expose the harms done by misconceived crop subsidies, crop insurance and runaway agricultural pollution. The organization has also empowered American families with easy-to-use, data-driven tools to help reduce their exposure to potentially harmful ingredients in foods, drinking water, cosmetics and other household products. These unique digital resources are searched hundreds of millions times by consumers, journalists and policy makers. 

In the 1990s, EWG’s research was a major factor in the passage of the landmark pesticide reform law, the Food Quality Protection Act. EWG was among the first to draw attention to the health threat posed by the weed-killer atrazine and conducted the first extensive tests for the chemical in tap water in 29 Midwest cities. In the last several years Cook and EWG have been in the forefront of national and state campaigns to require the labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients. 

Capitol Hill’s closely read The Hill newspaper regularly lists Cook in its annual roster of Washington’s top lobbyists. In 2013 it said Cook’s “influence spans the country” and called EWG “the tip of the green movement’s spear when it comes to agriculture and food policy.”

In May 2014, Cook received the prestigious “Champion for Children Award” from the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Public Health. The award recognized Cook as an “Advocate for Environmental Health and Protector of Children and Future Generations."

Cook is a board member of Food Policy Action (and founding chairman), Organic Voices and the Amazon Conservation Team and a former member of the board of the Organic Center. He earned a B.A. in history, B.S. in agriculture and M.S. in soil science at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He is married to Deb Callahan and lives in northern California with their young son, Callahan.

Dr. Lipman received his initial medical training in South Africa, qualifying in 1979 and emigrated to the United States in 1984. He became board certified in internal medicine after serving as Chief Medical Resident in his final year of residency at Lincoln Hospital in New York City. Becoming more and more aware of both the strengths and the weaknesses of his training, he began to study acupuncture, Chinese medicine, functional medicine, nutrition, herbal medicine, biofeedback, meditation and yoga. He began to see that the polarization between western modalities and other healing philosophies merely negated positive attributes of both. He saw that true healing lay in a blend between the two. He now practices his unique blend of what he calls “Good Medicine”, combining all the systems in which he has trained.

A New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Lipman has written 4 books: Total Renewal – 7 Key Steps to Resilience Vitality and Long Term Health; Revive – End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again; The New Health Rules – Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness; and his latest book 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar
abc home - 888 Broadway, New York, NY 10003


Organizer of The Future of Food: An Actionable Evening with EWG's Ken Cook & Frank Lipman, MD

abc home is an interactive museum, a portal into collective creativity with seven floors of sustainable design, eco-fashion, global cooperatives, farm-to-table restaurants and a gallery and theatre space. As a design destination, ABC guides a conscious, influential participant to creatively commit to nurturing the planet while actualizing home as a sacred space. 

In the gallery + theatre space, affectionately known as deepak homebase, abc home hosts an ongoing conversation series, various wellness events, meditations & art exhibitions to present to our community the most crucial discoveries of our contemporary world.  Currently, the gallery is exhibiting the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's legacy calligraphy collection. The exhibit is entitled, "I have arrived, I am home", and it is a collection of the Zen Master's most intentional and most treasured pieces from his 40 years of practicing the mindful art of calligraphy.                                                                          

ABC home is located @888 Broadway at E 19th St, Manhattan
the theater-gallery is located on the mezzanine level 

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