Future of Food: Building a sustainable food system

May 22, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW
Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack and leading experts discussed expanding a healthy, sustainable food system. The discussion covered topics ranging from technological innovations, making our food more affordable and nutritious, reducing packaging and waste, private-public partnerships, and the sustainable movement. This annual Washington Post Live forum also looked at the latest trends in food and nutrition.

Photo Highlights

MAY 22, 2013: Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture, at Washington Post Live's Future of Food 2013 event. (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)

  • MAY 22, 2013: Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture, at Washington Post Live's Future of Food 2013 event.
  • (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)
  • MAY 22, 2013: Sandra Ford, President, School Nutrition Association; Jon C. Brause, WFP Washington Liason Office, World Food Programme; & Jim Weill, President, Food Research & Action Center, discuss growing consumer demand for a healthy food system.
  • (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)
  • MAY 22, 2013: Tom Stenzel, President and CEO, United Fresh Produce Association; Rick Smith, President and CEO,Dairy Farmers of America; and Pam Johnson, President, National Corn Growers Association, discussed innovations and advances in food production.
  • (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)
  • MAY 22, 2013: Louis Finkel, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association; Rich Kottmeyer, Global Agriculture and Food Production Leader, Accenture; and Michael Faherty, Vice President, Foods, Unilever North America, talked about what retailers, processors and manufacturers are doing to promote food sustainability.
  • (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)
  • MAY 22, 2013: Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) addresses the crowd at Future of Food 2013.
  • (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)
  • MAY 22, 2013: Washington Post Live Editor Mary Jordan and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at Future of Food 2013.
  • (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)
  • MAY 22, 2013: Bill Buckner, President & CEO, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, at Washington Post Live's Future of Food 2013.
  • (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)
  • MAY 22, 2013: Jon C. Brause, WFP Washington Liason Office, World Food Programme, & Jim Weill, President, Food Research & Action Center, at Washington Post Live's Future of Food 2013.
  • (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)
  • MAY 22, 2013: Mary Jordan, editor of Washington Post Live, & Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) at Future of Food 2013.
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Video Highlights

Fudge: Urban gardening is catching on

Fudge: Urban gardening is catching on

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) talks about gardens on rooftops and greenhouses in city centers.
Fudge: Supermarkets lacking in poor communities

Fudge: Supermarkets lacking in poor communities

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) says for too many poor people it is easier to buy cheap food from a fast-food restaurant than to buy healthier food that is often more expensive.
Vilsack: Farmers now using GPS to make better use of land

Vilsack: Farmers now using GPS to make better use of land

Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks about how technology is helping farmers use less water and fertilizer.
Vilsack: ‘You are going to see a diversification of farms’

Vilsack: ‘You are going to see a diversification of farms’

Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says 10 years from now there will be more diversification of farmland.

 

Daunting task to feed planet’s fast growing population

Daunting task to feed planet’s fast growing population

Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says in the next 40 years it will be necessary to push for the same level of productivity and innovation in agriculture that has existed in the last 10,000 years.
Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on farming population

Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on farming population

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the average age of farmers is rapidly increasing.
Vilsack: 92 percent of nutritional assitance programs aid seniors, disabled, children with working parents

Vilsack: 92 percent of nutritional assitance programs aid seniors, disabled, children with working parents

Sec. of Agriculture Vilsack says for the vast majority of people receiving assistance in food nutritional programs are households made up of senior citizens, children and persons with disabilities.
Vilsack: There are ‘five C’s’ needed for successful farming

Vilsack: There are ‘five C’s’ needed for successful farming

Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks about his “five C’s” for successful farming--credit, consumer-base, conversation, crop insurance and coexistence.

 

Fudge: Supermarkets lacking in poor communities

Fudge: Supermarkets lacking in poor communities

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) says for too many poor people it is easier to buy cheap food from a fast-food restaurant than to buy healthier food that is often more expensive.
William Buckner says food safety is paramount

William Buckner says food safety is paramount

William Buckner, president of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, says Americans are concerned about food safety as well as the ingredients on the food labels.
Johnson: Science has driven increase in farming productivity

Johnson: Science has driven increase in farming productivity

Pam Johnson, a sixth generation farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, says because of advancements in science, farmers can grow six times as much corn on the same amount of land.
Fudge: Urban gardening is catching on

Fudge: Urban gardening is catching on

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) talks about gardens on rooftops and greenhouses in city centers.

 

Sandra Ford: Kids changing taste

Sandra Ford: Kids changing taste

Sandra Ford, president of the School Nutrition Association, says she has noticed a shift in students’ perception of healthy foods.
Jim Weill: One in four kids live in food insecure households

Jim Weill: One in four kids live in food insecure households

Jim Weill, President of the Food Research and Action Center, says there are 50 million Americans living in what the U.S. government considers food insecure, where parents are skipping meals so their children can eat.
Consumers want to know more about where food is grown

Consumers want to know more about where food is grown

Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association, says children are consuming more fresh fruit and vegetables.
Reducing food waste is a key goal

Reducing food waste is a key goal

The Grocery Manufacturers Association is researching alternative ways to reduce food waste. Louis Finkel, GMA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, talks about programs to help curb waste.
New commodities like ‘super cereal’ can make impact in feeding world

New commodities like ‘super cereal’ can make impact in feeding world

World Food Programme Director Jon Brause says food commodities like Super Cereal allow the World Food Forum to provide micronutrients that have shown a large impact to children around the world in need of nutrients.

 

Smith: The story of the dairy farmer is a story of resilience

Smith: The story of the dairy farmer is a story of resilience

Rick Smith, president and CEO of Dairy Farmers of America, talks about the challenges of all types of farmers.
Consumers want to be ‘comfortable’ with food they’re buying

Consumers want to be ‘comfortable’ with food they’re buying

Rich Kottmeyer says sustainability is the goal.
New methods of communication with food consumers

New methods of communication with food consumers

Consumers will demand to know more about what is in there food, according to Louis Finkel.
Faherty on food trends: Processed foods considered ‘bad thing’

Faherty on food trends: Processed foods considered ‘bad thing’

Michael Faherty, Unilever Vice President, says we can expect changes in consumer behavior with food.