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about: Aaron B. Niederhelman

Niederhelman is CEO & co-founder of OneHealthAg.  He hosts the widely listened to podcast show Sourcing Matters, and is a fishmonger focused on preserving the unique values of the region he is from.

A life-long advocate of healthier and cleaner food, Niederhelman was selected as a 2015 Eisenhower Fellow. Europe and the Middle East offered insight into ramifications of an ever shrinking planet.  From this international experience and his past work with the EAF Agrarian Fund – a private equity investment fund he co-founded to promote economic growth and greater good from well sourced food with regional provenance – Niederhelman now seeks to leverage his diverse background in food, finance and technology to address some a biggest issues facing food systems.

The objective of Niederhelman’s latest venture, OneHealth Agriculture  (OneHealthAg.com) & the farm-of-the-future clearinghouse is to modernize meat supply by meshing the interests of farmers with elevated production standards and buyers with reputational risk by better servicing modern market demand within the realities of planetary boundaries.

In addition to differentiating meat, after an in-depth analysis on the lost values of food from the clean, cold waters of Northeast – Niederhelman launched Hingeline  (monger.fish).  Operating as an agency to source highest quality seafood from the North Atlantic,  Niederhelman and his team represent fisherman and regenerative ocean farmers by promoting the People, Place and Products of Northeast Seafood as the premium and pillar productline from their regional food shed.

Niederhelman hosts Sourcing Matters  (SourcingMatters.show) – a podcast telling the stories of our food, and those fighting for it. Aaron also speaks & writes of the unique opportunity for the population densities of the Northeast United States to establish a new benchmark for domestic food systems through promoting environmental and human health as an underpinning to rectify our expensive addiction to cheap food.  Instilled with admiration for proper stewardship of the land & sea from a young age, Aaron sets to reform a broken food system and invest in regenerative production models to remediate the modern plagues associated to the deteriorating value of the Western diet, and the lasting impact of production externalities on the planet.

Aaron participates on boards for passions ranging from food security -to- climate change -to- social justice.

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A complete list of Aaron’s Professional Experience

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commentary:


Underpinning man’s ability to do more than survive, but to grow, learn and thrive – our most profound genius of community, society and culture are directly correlated to an ability to source sustenance to growing populations. Now, overfed yet increasingly hungry and malnourished, the past 50 years of cheap food production has forced consumers of the Western diet fatter, chronically more ill, and disconnected enough to their food-system that most have lost perspective to the primary purpose of the food we eat. As the World teeters on the cusp of a Malthusian catastrophe unlike no other, for the first time in history we realize resources and unbridled growth are increasingly finite, more mouths have turned to conventional practice for nourishment and instead receive food-systems taxing to soil, body and environment – proving rife with backlash.

As a primary motivation of food system reform, the adage ‘you are what we eat’ is increasingly apropos for a modern consumer. On our shared and shrinking planet current food production is supremely taxing not just on our bodies, but to our soils, the air, sweet & salt waters, biodiversity, and the environment as a whole.  Furthermore, the impact of what’s eaten is no just felt by that individual; it’s felt now by the collective.  By everyone and everything in an interconnected circular (one-shared-health) system.

Throughout this site and in the essays @WhatCost ‘Food as Healthcare’ series,  I cite many efforts to calculate a ‘true cost’ of cheap food.  I’ve come to realize that the economics of food are not the roadblock, but instead a short-horizon hurdle that presents opportunity to reevaluate how new perspective from externalized costs and additional potential Food Values can be earned.  Through greater awareness, accurate and just facts, and reflection on working, proven instances we’ve already begun to embrace a future of regenerative agriculture & sustainable fisheries.

To service the system we’re ultimately a part of we must mitigate risk by diversifying food production, and innovate to a circular economy that based on regenerative natural resource management as a new cost basis for all returns to be judged. I look forward to being part of this systemic change for a better tomorrow.

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