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about: Aaron B. Niederhelman

Niederhelman is CEO & co-founder of OneHealthAg.  He hosts the widely listened to podcast on iTunes: 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 collaborate with diverse stakeholders in promoting economic growth and greater good from well sourced food with regional provenance, Niederhelman now seeks to leverage his diverse background in food, finance & technology to address some a biggest issues facing domestic food supply.

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

In addition, after an in-depth analysis on the lost values of food from the clean, cold waters of Northeast – Niederhelman launched Hingeline  (monger.fish) an agency that works with North Atlantic fisherman and regenerative Ocean farmers to better promote the People, Place and Products of Northeast Seafood as a premium and pillar productline from our 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 US to establish a new benchmark for domestic food-systems through promoting environmental and human health as the underpinning to rectify our expensive addiction to cheap food.  Instilled with admiration for proper stewardship of the land & sea, 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 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 & malnourished, the past 40 years have 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 to realize resources and unbridled growth are increasingly finite, more mouths turn to conventional practice for nourishment, and instead receive food-systems taxing to soil, body & environment 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 this shrinking planet – current food production is supremely taxing to not just our body, but our soils, sweet & salt waters, biodiversity and the environment. The impact of what is eaten is no just felt by that individual; it’s being felt by everyone and everything in an interconnected circular one-shared-health-system.  Throughout this site, and in the @WhatCost Food as Healthcare essay series,  I cite many efforts to calculate a ‘true cost’ of cheap food.  What I’ve come to realize is that the economics of food are not the roadblock, as many have warned, but instead that’s a short-horizon hurdle that presents opportunity to reevaluate how new perspective from externalized costs and additional potential values can be gained about food.  Through greater awareness, accurate & just facts and reflection on working proven instances that have already embraced a future of regenerative agriculture & sustainable fisheries.

To service the system we’re ultimately a part of we must mitigate risk by diversify food production, and innovate to a circular economy based on regenerative natural resources as the new cost basis.

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