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