Danielle Nierenberg

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Danielle Nierenberg
Danielle Nierenberg - Festivaletteratura 2012.JPG
Danielle Nierenberg in 2012
Alma materTufts University; Monmouth College
OccupationAuthor, journalist

Danielle J. Nierenberg is an American activist,[1] author and journalist.

In 2013, Nierenberg co-founded Food Tank: The Think Tank For Food and currently serves as its president. She founded Nourishing the Planet while working at the Worldwatch Institute.[2]

Nierenberg has authored and contributed to several reports and books, and written for many publications.

Early life and education[edit]

Nierenberg was born and raised in Defiance, Missouri.[3][4] She holds an MSc in agriculture, food, and environment from Tufts University[5] and a BA in environmental policy from Monmouth College, Illinois.[6]


After she completed her education at Monmouth College, Nierenberg joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Dominican Republic[7] and worked with farmers and urban school kids.[3] Since then, she has been working to highlight how the food system can become more sustainable.[4] Following her volunteer work in the Peace Corps, she matriculated at Tufts University and then joined Science and Environmental Health Network as an intern. Later on she joined Worldwatch Institute.[3]

According to Nierenberg, she has been focused on raising awareness about food quality and availability because she "is obsessed with food." She wants "to know what she’s having for dinner at lunchtime."[4] She is a reviewer for the Africa Chapter for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change WGII AR5 First Order Draft and serves on the Advisory Group for the Zero Hunger Partnership, along with Sir Gordon Conway and Heifer International President Pierre Ferrari. In 2013, she joined the Young Professional's Platform for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD) Steering Committee.[8] Nierenberg is also a member of the UN Environmental Programme's Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Steering Committee.[9]

Worldwatch Institute[edit]

In 2001, Nierenberg joined the Worldwatch Institute as its Food and Agricultural Senior Researcher, where she managed several research projects on emerging infectious diseases related to the food system, gender and population, climate change and agriculture, the global meat economy, and innovations in sustainable agriculture.[10]

In 2009 she co-founded the Nourishing the Planet project housed at the Worldwatch Institute and became its director.[11] This post involved overseeing environmental research, communications and development for the Nourishing the Planet project, as well as leading the Nourishing the Planet Advisory Group. As part of this role, Nierenberg spent 18 months in Sub-Saharan Africa, looking for solutions to poverty and hunger in 30 different countries.[12] While working there, she managed a grant of US$1.34 million to assess the state of agricultural innovations.[10][13]

Nierenberg produced State of the World 2011 with the help of 60 authors from all over the world. She also organized The State of the World Symposium in January 2011. She left Worldwatch Institute and Nourishing The Planet in 2012.[10]

Food Tank[edit]

In 2013, Nierenberg co-founded Food Tank: The Think Tank For Food, a non-profit organization.[4] The organization aims to offer solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty by creating a network of connections and information.[14] The organization's inaugural Food Tank Summit was held in January 2015 in partnership with The George Washington University.[15] In 2016, in addition to a second Washington, DC, Summit, the series expanded to Sacramento, CA, São Paulo, Brazil, and Chicago, IL.

The organization was the official North American Partner of the United Nation’s International Year of Family Farming with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).[16]

Published work[edit]

Nierenberg has written extensively on gender and population, the spread of factory farming in the developing world, and innovations in sustainable agriculture.[10]

She has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,[17] the Chicago Tribune,[18] USA Today,[19] The China Daily.[20] The Washington Post,[21] Le Monde,[22] Bloomberg Businessweek,[23] MSNBC,[24] Al Jazeera,[25] the Australian Broadcasting Corporation,[26] the International Herald Tribune, BBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, The Guardian (UK),[27] The Telegraph (UK),[28] Voice of America, the Times of India, and the Sydney Morning Herald.[29]

Nierenberg's first book was titled Correcting Gender Myopia: Gender Equity, Women's Welfare, and the Environment and was published by the Worldwatch Institute in 2002. In 2005, she wrote Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry, which is a paper that presents the effects of the growth of factory farming, cataloging the harmful effects it can have on the world, especially in developing countries.[30] In 2012, she wrote Eating Planet 2012, presented during an event at the Literature Festival in Mantua in September.[31]

In partnership with the James Beard Foundation, Nierenberg and Food Tank publish an annual Good Food Org Guide, a directory of non-profit organizations working for a better food system [32]


  • Correcting Gender Myopia: Gender Equity, Women's Welfare, and the Environment (2002) ISBN 978-1878071644
  • Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry (2005) ISBN 978-1878071774
  • State of the World 2007 (Chapter 3 – Farming the Cities) (2007) ISBN 978-0393329230
  • State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet (2011) ISBN 978-0393338805
  • Eating Planet–Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet (2012) ISBN 978-8866270294
  • 17 Big Bets for a Better World (2016) ISBN 978-8793229549
  • Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future (2017) ISBN 978-1616895303
  • Eating Planet 2016 (2016)
  • Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability (2012)

She has also written on sustainable agriculture, in The Guardian,[33] Bloomberg Businessweek,[34] and the Huffington Post.[35] and has had opinion-editorials published in the largest circulating newspapers in 40 states and also The New York Times,[17] The Wall Street Journal,[36] USA Today[19] The China Daily.[20] She routinely appears in major broadcast media including MSNBC,[37] Fox News[38] and Al Jazeera.[39]


  1. ^ Shreeves, Robin (January 19, 2013). "FoodTank: Planting the seeds of activism". Mother Nature Network. http://www.mnn.com/. Retrieved October 18, 2015. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Danielle Nierenberg: Former Resident of Defiance Reports on State of the World from Africa". River Front Times. http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/. January 11, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2015. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Richardson, Jill. "Interview with Danielle Nierenberg". lavidalocavore.org. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Brown, Corie. "Danielle Nierenberg Wants To Save The World". Zester Daily. http://zesterdaily.com/. Retrieved October 18, 2015. External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Danielle Nierenberg". The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/. Retrieved October 18, 2015. External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Monmouth Alumni". Forbes. August 5, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "Danielle Nierenberg". 2012 Borlaug Dialogue. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Welcoming a new YPARD Steering Committee member: Danielle Nierenberg!". Young Professional's Platform for Agricultural Research for Development. http://www.ypard.net/. May 13, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2015. External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "TEEBAgriFood Steering Committee". TEEB. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  10. ^ a b c d "About Me". Danielle Nierenberg. Danielle Nierenberg. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  11. ^ "African land grab threatens food security: study". Reuters. July 26, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "African agricultural innovations boost continental food production". Voice of America. http://www.voanews.com/. June 5, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "Danielle Nierenberg". Impatient Optimists. Impatientoptimists.org. July 12, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  14. ^ "About Food Tank". Food Tank. http://foodtank.org/. Retrieved October 18, 2015. External link in |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ "Food Task Force" GWU Health & Wellness. Retrieved October 18, 2015
  16. ^ "Discussions" FAO. Source date October 12, 2014 Retrieved October 18, 2015
  17. ^ a b Halweil, Brian; Nierenberg, Danielle (30 June 2012). "The Kindest Cut of Meat Is Ground". The New York Times. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  18. ^ Nierenberg, Danielle (29 December 2011). "Going green: 12 simple steps". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  19. ^ a b Nierenberg, Danielle; Massey, Abby (15 June 2010). "In a world of abundance, food waste is a crime". USA Today. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  20. ^ a b "Higher income versus better health". Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  21. ^ Carmon, Tim (8 January 2013). "New sites want you to better understand your food". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  22. ^ "L'agriculture est une solution aux problèmes du monde" (PDF). La Monde. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  23. ^ "Danielle Nierenberg and Ellen Gustafson". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  24. ^ "MSNBC - U.S. Cable". TVEyes. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  25. ^ "World Bank: Food costs at record levels again". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  26. ^ "Reduce food waste to feed the hunger: Worldwatch Institute" (PDF). Worldwatch. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  27. ^ Nierenberg, Danielle (28 December 2010). "To reduce hunger, put innovation on the menu". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  28. ^ "10 ways to teach your child to eat well" The Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  29. ^ "Time to end our deadly diet" Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  30. ^ Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry. Google Books. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  31. ^ "Danielle Nierenberg and Andrea Segrè will talk about Eating Planet at the Mantua International Literature Festival". BCFN Schedule. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  32. ^ "Introducing the Good Food Org Guide". The Official James Beard Foundation Blog: Delights and Prejudices. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  33. ^ "Danielle Nierenberg | Global development". London: Guardian.co.uk. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  34. ^ "A New Year’s Recipe for Fixing the Food System" Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  35. ^ "Danielle Nierenberg". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  36. ^ "Hungering for a Solution to Food Losses". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  37. ^ "Climate change could make a hungry world much hungrier" MSNBC. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  38. ^ "Athletes who are changing the way we eat" Fox News. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  39. ^ "World Bank: Food costs at record levels again" Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2014-10-13.

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