Wednesday, 20 April 2016


The 2016 Food Tank Summit is starting now!

Please tune in right now to for the 2nd Annual Food Tank Summit live at American University in Washington, D.C.

We are livestreaming the entire two-days, filled with 80+ food experts, completely free!

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Here is the amazing lineup today (please also help spread the word):
April 20th, Day One
8:00am Registration and Complimentary Breakfast
Breakfast courtesy of Panera Bread. Coffee courtesy of Vigilante Coffee Company.
9:00am Welcome: James Goldgeier, Dean of the School of International Service, American University
9:10am Welcome: Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank, @DaniNierenberg,@Food_Tank
9:20am Opening Keynote: Karen Washington, Urban Farmer and Activist; Co-Founder of Black Urban Growers and Rise & Root Farm, @karwasher
9:30am Panel: Uncommon Collaborations—Finding Solutions by Building Partnerships
To combat hunger, obesity, food waste, and poverty, business as usual is no longer an option. We need to innovative strategies that bring together NGOs, governments, and academics to work together cohesively to solve these problems.
Keynote: Jeff Dunn, President, Campbell Fresh Division, Campbell Soup Company,@ChiefCarrot@CampbellSoupCo
Moderator: April Fulton, National Geographic, @NatGeoFood@fultonhere
  1. Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets; Executive Director, Markets Institute, WWF, @WWF
  2. William Burke, Research Scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford, University, @FoodSecurity_SU
  3. Amanda Oborne, Vice President of Food & Farms, Ecotrust, @AOborne,@Ecotrust, @Food_Hub
  4. Pam Fessenden, Director, Office of Market and Partnership Innovations, Bureau for Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),@FeedtheFuture
  5. Diane Hatz, Founder and Executive Director, Change Food, @dianehatz,@changeourfood
  6. Alexander Müller, Study Leader and Steering Committee Chair, TEEBAgFood,@ajm55 @TEEB4ME
10:45am Break
11:00am Panel: Beyond Calories: The Need for Nutrient Dense Diets
Over the last 50 years, research organizations, governments, and development agencies have focused on increasing calories available per person—yet, today, nearly 1 billion people continue to go hungry and another 2.3 billion people are overweight or obese. Clearly, filling people up is not enough—we need to actually nourish them with nutrient dense crops and foods that are good for both people and the planet.
Keynote: Dan Glickman, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program and Vice President, Aspen Institute, @AspenInstitute
Moderator: Simran Sethi, Author, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love,@simransethi
Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, @rogerthurow@ChicagoCouncil
  1. Bill Telepan, Founder and Chef, Telepan Restaurant, @billtelepan
  2. Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President, James Beard Foundation, @kitchensense,@beardfoundation
  3. Ashley Koff, RD, Creator, The Better Nutrition, Simplified Program@ashleykoff
  4. Spike Mendelsohn, Chef; Chair, DC Food Policy Council, @chefspike
  5. Ari Novy, Executive Director, U.S. Botanic Garden, @arinovy@USBotanicGarden
12:15pm Complimentary Lunch and Networking
Lunch courtesy of Chipotle and ShopHouse.
1:00pm Keynote: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture,@USDA
1:15pm Panel: Protein for the Planet
The public health and environmental impacts of industrial livestock production are vast—from water pollution and food borne pathogens to the spread of zoonotic disease, the price of meat is much more than consumers pay at the grocery store. But farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and consumers are finding ways to reduce the effects of protein including plant-based foods, insect flour, and grass-fed production that can provide this important nutrient without sacrificing human health or environmental sustainability.
Keynote: Arlin Wasserman, Founder and Partner, Changing Tastes; Chair, Sustainable Business Leadership Council - Culinary Institute of America, @arlinwasserman,@CIACulinary
Moderator: Sam Fromartz, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Food & Environment Reporting Network, @Fromartz@FERNnews
  1. Dan Kish, Senior Vice President, Food, Panera Bread, @panerabread
  2. Rodney Scruggs, Executive Chef, Occidental Grill & Seafood, @Chef_RJScruggs,@OccidentalGrill
  3. Greg Sewitz, Co-Founder, Exo, @GregSewitz@exo_protein
  4. Michael Berger, Founding Partner and Vice President of Supply Chain, Elevation Franchise Ventures, LLC, @elevationburger
  5. Shen Tong, Managing Partner, Food Future, Inc.; Founder, FOOD-X, @shentong,@FoodFutureInc@foodXhealth
  6. Leslie Barcus, Executive Director, VegFund, @VegFund
2:25pm Panel: Food Security and Conflict
This panel is presented by Conflict Cuisine.
International and regional conflicts can displace farmers and transportation routes and lead to malnutrition or even famine. NGOs and development agencies can send emergency food aid to those most in need, but there are also ways to use agriculture to prevent conflict in the first place. By making rural areas intellectually stimulating places to live and providing farmers with the resources—including information and communication technologies—to do their jobs better and make more money, young people can see agriculture as an opportunity, not a burden.
Keynote: David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World, @davidbeckmann,@bread4theworld
Moderator: Tim Carman, Food Writer, Washington Post, @timcarman@washingtonpost
  1. Cullen Hendrix, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver,@cullenhendrix@josefkorbel
  2. Johanna Mendelson Forman, Professor, Conflict Cuisine, American University,@Johannawonk, @conflictcuisine
  3. Kimberly FlowersDirector, Global Food Security Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), @kimberlytalksag@csisfood
  4. Ray Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America, @roffenheiser@OxfamAmerica
  5. Allan Jury, Vice President of Public Policy and Senior Advisor, World Food Program USA, @WFPUSA
  6. Lauren Herzer Risi, Senior Program Manager, Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson Center, @LaurenHerzer, @TheWilsonCenter
3:40pm Break
3:50pm Panel: Innovative Models for Food Recovery and Reducing Food Waste
An astounding 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted globally each year, presenting not only a moral conundrum as millions go hungry, but also environmental challenges. As food decomposes in landfills, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 27 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Fortunately, many NGOs are finding ways to reduce food loss and food waste by educating eaters, businesses, and policymakers about making better use of leftovers; better buying, packaging, and storage methods; better transportation; and better policies.
Keynote: Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council, @RheaSuh, @NRDC, and Dana Gunders, Staff Scientist, Food and Agriculture Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, @dgunders, @NRDC
Moderator: Eliza Barclay, Science and Health Editor,, @elizabarclay,@voxdotcom
  1. Evan Lutz, Co-Founder and CEO, Hungry Harvest, @evanlutz92@HungryHarvest
  2. Regina Northouse, Executive Director, Food Recovery Network, @ReginaDM,@FoodRecovery
  3. Roger Gordon, Founder, Food Cowboy, @FoodCowboy
  4. Patrick O’Neill, CEO, Amp Your Good LLC, @PONeill1982@ampyourgood
  5. Nancy E. Roman, President and CEO, Capital Area Food Bank, @nancyroman1,@foodbankmetrodc
  6. Riana Lynn, Co-Founder and CEO, FoodTrace, @rianalynn@TheFoodTrace
5:00pm Closing: Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank, @DaniNierenberg,@Food_Tank
5:10pm Adjourn to Reception
Keep tuning in to and don’t forget to join the conversation today by using #FoodTank across all social media platforms.
Here is a complete list of all 80 speakers in alphabetical order: Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines (Organic Valley); Deb Atwood (Meridian’s AGree); Allison Aubrey (National Public Radio); Behtash Bahador (Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition); Eliza Barclay (; Leslie Barcus(VegFund); Laura Batcha (Organic Trade Association); David Beckmann (Bread for the World);Regina Beidler (Beidler Family Farm); Charles Benbrook (Benbrook Consulting Services);Claire Benjamin DiMattina (Food Policy Action); Michael Berger (Elevation Franchise Ventures); Ali Berlow (Author, The Food Activist Handbook); Jane Black (Food Writer); William Burke (Center on Food Security & the Environment, Stanford University); Jason Clay (WWF);Tim Carman (Washington Post); Cheyenne Christianson (Grazing Acres Farm); Mike Conaway(U.S. Congress (R-TX), House Committee on Agriculture); Mitchell Davis (James Beard Foundation); Jeff Dunn (Campbell Fresh); Debra Eschmeyer (Let’s Move!); Rodney Ferguson(Winrock International); Pam Fessenden (Office of Market and Partnership Innovations, Bureau for Food Security at USAID); Kimberly Flowers (Global Food Security Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies); Holly Freishtat (City of Baltimore); Sam Fromartz (Food & Environment Reporting Network); April Fulton (National Geographic); Dan Glickman ( Aspen Institute; Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture); James Goldgeier (American University); Eileen Gordon (Barnraiser); Roger Gordon (Food Cowboy); Danielle Gould (Food + Tech Connect);Dana Gunders (Natural Resources Defense Council); Dream Hampton (MomsRising); Diane Hatz (Change Food); Wenonah Hauter (Food & Water Watch); Cullen Hendrix (Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver); Devin Henry (The Hill); Lauren Herzer Risi (Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson Center); Jason Huffman (POLITICO Pro); Allan Jury (World Food Program USA); Eric Kessler (Arabella Advisors); Dan Kish (Panera Bread); Ashley Koff RD (The Better Nutrition, Simplified Program); Dr. Carlo Leifert (Nafferton Ecological Farming Group; University of Newcastle); Jeremiah Lowery (D.C. Food Policy Council); Evan Lutz (Hungry Harvest); Riana Lynn (FoodTrace); Johanna Mendelson Forman(American University); Spike Mendelsohn (DC Food Policy Council); Dr. Kathleen Merrigan(George Washington University); Alexander Müller (TEEBAgFood); George Naylor (Farmer; National Family Farm Coalition); Regina Northouse (Food Recovery Network); Ari Novy (U.S. Botanic Garden); Amanda Oborne (Ecotrust); Ray Offenheiser (Oxfam America); Shepherd Ogden (Farmer; The Cook’s Garden); Patrick O’Neill (Amp Your Good LLC); Fabíola Ortiz dos Santos (IPS - Inter Press Service); Raj Patel (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs; Author; Activist); Chellie Pingree (U.S. Congress (D-ME)); Ruth Richardson (Open Blue Consulting); Stephen Ritz (Green Bronx Machine); Nancy E. Roman (Capital Area Food Bank);Sara Roversi (You Can Group, Future Food Institute; Food Innovation Program); Rodney Scruggs (Occidental Grill); Simran Sethi (Author, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love); Greg Sewitz (Exo); Lauren Shweder Biel (DC Greens); Rhea Suh (Natural Resources Defense Council); Bill Telepan (Telepan Restaurant); Roger Thurow (Chicago Council on Global Affairs); Shen Tong (Food Future, Inc.; FOOD-X); Baldemar Velasquez (Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), AFL-CIO); Tom Vilsack (U.S. Department of Agriculture); Karen Washington (Black Urban Growers and Rise & Root Farm); Arlin Wasserman (Changing Tastes; Sustainable Business Leadership Council - Culinary Institute of America); Ben Wenk (Three Springs Farm); Paul Willis (Niman Ranch); and Ulises Zatarain (Washington Youth Garden).
All the best,
PS: If case you miss any of the Summit, especially those in other time zones, don’t worry, we will post all the videos on our website!

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