The Future of Food: Food Security for the 21st Century

This Washington Post Live forum brought together key public figures and experts to discuss production and distribution of healthy and affordable food as well as innovations aimed at increasing agricultural productivity.

Speaker Highlights

Tom Vilsack on Farm Bill

Tom Vilsack on Farm Bill

Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said the Farm Bill is actually a food and jobs bill.
Lauren Bush Lauren: We know how to solve world hunger

Lauren Bush Lauren: We know how to solve world hunger

Lauren, the co-founder of FEED Projects, describes her fund raising efforts
Johanna Nesseth Tuttle on food security

Johanna Nesseth Tuttle on food security

Tuttle, Director of the Global Food Security Project, said if something happened to the U.S. food supply it would be a catastrophe for the world.
Liz Schrayer on food security

Liz Schrayer on food security

Schrayer, Executive Director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, said America needs to focus on food security
Sonny Ramaswamy on aging farmers

Sonny Ramaswamy on aging farmers

Ramaswamy, Director of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, said the average age of American farmers is 60 years old.
Mike McCloskey: We love our animals

Mike McCloskey: We love our animals

McCloskey, CEO of Select Milk Producers, said people want to know that someone is taking care of the animals.
Jim Werkhoven

Jim Werkhoven

Werkhoven, Owner of Werkhoven Dairy, said people want to know where their food comes from
Elaine Waxman on food insecurity and public health

Elaine Waxman on food insecurity and public health

Waxman, Vice President of Research at Feeding America, said 49 million American are food insecure.
Chris Policinski on output versus input

Chris Policinski on output versus input

Policinski, President of Land O'Lakes, said farmers need to focus on balancing output with unit of input.
Jason Clay on increasing demand

Jason Clay on increasing demand

Clay, Senior Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund, said we need to double production on existing land.
Senator Jon Tester on incentives for farmers

Senator Jon Tester on incentives for farmers

Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) said farmers struggle to afford healthcare.
Dan Glickman on population growth and food supply

Dan Glickman on population growth and food supply

Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, asks how the world can double its food production without destroying the land.

From the special report

Planting fresh produce in D.C.’s ‘food deserts’

Planting fresh produce in D.C.’s ‘food deserts’

A basement store in Ward 7 offers fresh fruit and produce through D.C. Central Kitchen’s “Healthy Corners” program.

How will we feed 9 billion people?

By 2050, it’s estimated that there will be nine billion people on Earth.To ensure the future food supply, we must address a series of complex, interconnected and often conflicting issues.

In the U.S., there’s a lot of food being sent to landfills

In the U.S., there’s a lot of food being sent to landfills

“Farm to fork” has become “farm to dumpster” as American farms, manufacturers, grocers, restaurants and homes increasingly waste food.

A kind of Peace Corps to help American kids eat healthier

In the last year, there have been a variety of efforts to give all children healthy foods. FoodCorps is teaching kids how to love vegetables.

Speakers

Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Jon Tester

Jon Tester

Senator, D-Montana

Johanna Nesseth Tuttle

Johanna Nesseth Tuttle

Vice President, Strategic Planning; Director, Global Food Security Project, CSIS

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson

Visiting Scholar and Professorial Lecturer, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Andrea Thomas

Andrea Thomas

Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Walmart Stores, Inc.

Tony Hall

Tony Hall

Director, Alliance to End Hunger

Liz Schrayer

Liz Schrayer

Executive Director, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Mike McCloskey

Mike McCloskey

Co-Founder and CEO, Select Milk Producers

Chris Policinski

Chris Policinski

President and CEO, Land O'Lakes

Lauren Bush Lauren

Lauren Bush Lauren

Co-Founder, FEED Projects

Sonny Ramaswamy

Sonny Ramaswamy

Director, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Samuel Allen

Samuel Allen

Chairman and CEO, Deere & Company

Elaine Waxman

Elaine Waxman

Vice President, Research and Partnerships, Feeding America

Jason Clay

Jason Clay

Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund

Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman

Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary

Jim Werkhoven

Jim Werkhoven

Founder, Werkhoven Dairy

Mary Jordan

Mary Jordan

Editor, Washington Post Live