The Team

Our managing editor


Elizabeth (Lib) Brewster
Well-known food writer and editor

A 30-year veteran of the food industry, Elizabeth has served as Managing Editor of publications including Eleven and Food Business magazines, The Practical Vegetarian Newsletter, and Food Processing magazine. Based in Evanston, Illinois, she has written and edited for both consumer and business publications covering food, nutrition and consumer issues, including Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Retail Leader and Spirit of Women magazine.

Our contributing editor


Josh Schonwald
Noted journalist and food innovation expert

Josh Schonwald is a Chicago-based, award-winning journalist and the author of The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food. He was also one of the first three people to taste a hamburger made from lab-grown beef. Josh’s work has appeared in more than 20 publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Our journalists

They built their reputations by developing compelling stories that highlight important personal, societal and global impacts. They studied biology, chemistry, applied physics, genetics, public health and journalism. They are passionate researchers and writers who care about truth-telling. Our highly accredited journalists have won recognition for their work in both public and academic domains, and are based in places like India, South Africa, Chicago, and New York.

At work for FutureFood 2050:

Winifred Bird

Winifred Bird is a freelance journalist and Japanese-to-English translator focusing on the environment and architecture. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has written for publications including Environmental Health Perspectives, Dwell and Yale e360.

Mogens Bisgaard

Mogens Bisgaard is a freelance science journalist and food writer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a specialist in sustainability and food policy, with articles appearing in Danish trade magazines and university newsletters, and a member of the board of Slow Food Copenhagen-North Zealand.

Susan Chandler

Susan Chandler is an award-winning journalist who has covered business and the economy for the Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. Since 2009, she has combined writing with teaching at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.


David Derbyshire is a freelance environment and science writer based in Winchester, United Kingdom. He is a former environment editor of the Daily Mail, and his freelance work has been published in The Guardian, The Times, and other newspapers.

Sarah DiLorenzo

Sarah DiLorenzo is a freelance journalist based in Dakar, Senegal, who covers West Africa. She has written for The Associated Press, USA Today and the United Nations’ IRIN humanitarian news and analysis service.


Boston-based radio and print journalist Cynthia Graber received one of the inaugural Food and Farming fellowships from the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism in 2013. Her radio documentaries have aired on “Scientific American,” “The World,” “Studio 360,” and “Living on Earth,” while her print stories have appeared in media including Fast Company, Slate, BBC Future, and others.

Marc Gunther

Marc Gunther writes and speaks about business and sustainability. Based in Bethesda, Md., he is editor-at-large of Guardian Sustainable Business US and a blogger at

Jill Langlois

Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, freelance journalist Jill Langlois reports and writes for a wide range of media including The Associated Press, The New York Times, USA Today, Fortune and Reuters.


Based in San Diego, Clare Leschin-Hoar specializes in reporting on seafood, sustainability and food trends. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, The Guardian, EatingWell, The Boston Globe and many more media outlets.

Naomi Lubick

Naomi Lubick is a freelance science writer based in Stockholm, Sweden, who writes about environment and earth sciences. She is a fellow in the 2014–2015 Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Catherine McLean is a freelance writer based in Switzerland. She covers a wide range of topics for both Swiss and international media outlets. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent, and Swissinfo among other publications.


Wilmette, Ill.-based business writer Ann Meyer has covered the food industry since 1988. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, BusinessweekSmallBiz, Retail Leader and many other business publications.

Lisa Palmer

Lisa Palmer is a freelance journalist and writer based in Maryland. She reports on food, the environment and sustainable business for publications such as Slate, Scientific American, Nature, Yale e360, and The Guardian. She is a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

Mridu Khullar

Mridu Khullar Relph, a journalist and editor in New Delhi, India, reports regularly on the environment and eco-friendly businesses for national magazines and newspapers. Her work can be found in media such as TIME, The New York Times, CNN, and others.

Michael Standaert

Based in Shenzhen, China, Michael Standaert is a freelance writer who serves as a special correspondent for Bloomberg BNA, covering legal and regulatory news on issues including the environment. He has also contributed to the MIT Technology Review, Global Post and other media.

Bob Swientek

Bob Swientek is Editor-in-Chief of Food Technology magazine, the monthly flagship publication of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). During his 30-plus years in food and consumer packaged goods business-to-business publishing, he has written articles on many aspects of the food industry from technology, processing and packaging to research, product development and marketing.

Rebecca L. Weber

Rebecca L. Weber is a journalist based in South Africa who covers social justice, health and food, often with a sustainability and/or business angle. She writes for CNN, the New York Times, USA Today, and many other publications.

Jennifer Weeks

Jennifer Weeks is a Massachusetts freelance journalist who specializes in environment, science and health. She has written for more than 60 newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Washington Post, Boston Globe Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Audubon, Discover and Slate.

Kirsten Weir

Kirsten Weir is a freelance science writer based in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in New Scientist, Discover, Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today and many others.

Howard Wolinsky

Howard Wolinsky, who covered medicine and technology for the Chicago Sun-Times for 27 years, is a freelance science and business writer for European Molecular Biology Organisation Reports, Crain’s Chicago Business and other media. He is based in the Chicago area.

Marta Zaraska

Based in Fontainebleau, France, Marta Zaraska has written feature articles for the science sections of The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and other media. She is currently working on a non-fiction book about humanity’s addiction to meat for Basic Books, titled “Meathooked.”