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Food & Hunger

7 Foodie Instagram Accounts Hoping to Make a Difference

You’re sitting at a restaurant and your server puts your meal in front of you. You pull out your phone and snap a picture because if you don’t, did it really happen? The picture is posted with a nice filter hashtags reading #foodporn, #yum, #foodie, or #eats.

Instagram has changed the game, making anyone who has a smart phone a photographer in their own right. This has also enhanced the movement of people taking pictures of their food in artistic ways and calling themselves foodies. Some are looking to increase their amount followers or number of likes. Others are using the platform — and food — to their advantage as foodie activists. Here are 7 foodie Instagram accounts Global Citizens should be following.

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Dan Barber | @chefdanbarber

Dan Barber is an award-winning chef at Blue Hill Farm in New York whose book, “The Third Plate radically changed the way people think about food. His book — and his Instagram — will encourage you to think twice about the food you’re putting on your plate by considering where the food comes from, how healthy it is, and how sustainable it is.

His account features photos of fresh, locally grown produce — and the occasional cute baby calf.

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Olive Hummer | @olivehummer

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Siri Barje, aka Olive Hummer, has her own food blog where she shares her recipes for healthy — and delicious — meals. Hummer is an advocate for indulging in good, quality food and leading a healthy lifestyle by remembering to eat — just not too much. Her meals are all vegetarian friendly, too.

Hummer shares photos of her delicious creations on her Instagram, along with tips and recipes for the perfect meal.

Alice Waters | @alicelouisewaters

Alice Walters has been at the forefront of locally grown, organic food movement that is now a popular part of food culture. Her restaurant, Chez Panisse, has become a popular dining spot known for changing its menu every day to reflect what’s in season and for sourcing all ingredients from local farmers. What’s more, she founded the nonprofit Edible Schoolyard, which aims to expose school children to “edible education” through curriculums at school.

Walters puts a personal touch on her Instagram account sharing photos of herself, family, and friends, as well as locally-sourced produce and (delicious looking) meals from her restaurant.

Amber St. Peter | @fettlevegan

Amber shifted to a plant-based diet a few years ago after realizing the food she was consuming was making her feel sick and rundown. She is now on a mission with her fiancée to curate photos from recipes she makes to prove to others that a vegan lifestyle is not only healthy, but also intensely flavorful.

Jordan Figueiredo | @UglyFruitAndVeg

Jordan Figueiredo is a waste specialist who launched the popular campaign on Instagram @UglyFruitandVeg to raise awareness and generate buzz around misshapen fruits and vegetables. Nearly half of all food in the US is thrown away because bruises, blemishes, or abnormal appearance. Featuring photos of funny looking produce and clever captions in an effort to reduce food waste by 20 to 40 percent, this account has thousands of followers.

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Jamie Oliver | @jamieoliver

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Jamie Oliver is a renowned chef, restaurant owner, and author. He is also the founder of Jamie’s Food Revolution, an organization that educates children to combat obesity and food waste, improve nutrition, and create sustainable food for the future. Through his books and foundation, Oliver is trying to spread the importance of healthy cooking and eating lifestyle habits.

Oliver shares his masterful creations with the Insta-world, making healthy look delicious.  

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Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram | @fullyrawkristina

Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram is a pioneer in the local, organic food movement and the founder of the largest raw, organic produce co-operative in the US, FullyRaw. She is inspiring others to join her in a raw lifestyle with helpful diet tips, recipe advice, and vibrant photos on her Instagram account.


These are just a few of the fabulous foodies on Instagram who are also advocates for healthy lifestyles and sustainable food. So the next time you take a photo of the plate in front of you, think about where that food came from and how you can be an advocate, too.