Transformers: Food
The Washington Post brings together entrepreneurs, food industry executives, scientists and farmers to discuss how technology and science are changing our modern food systems. They discuss the business practices that are driving consumer demand, the innovations and new ideas that are shaping the future of what – and how – we eat and consider the policies that will regulate an increasingly complex global food market.
Program Highlights: Market Forces
Kathleen Merrigan, the executive director of sustainability at George Washington University and former deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, along with Mary Bohman, administrator of the Economic Research Service for the USDA, discuss new developments in food distribution and consumption, from delivery systems to marketplace demand.
  • Jun 13, 2017
Kathleen Merrigan, former deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and current Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University, and Mary Bohman, administrator of the Economic Research Service for the USDA, discuss the changing markets and investments of food technology and agriculture.
  • Jun 13, 2017
Kathleen Merrigan, former deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and current Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University, and Mary Bohman, administrator of the Economic Research Service for the USDA, respond to the Trump administration’s agriculture budget proposal.
  • Jun 13, 2017
Dr. Kathleen Merrigan
Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University
Dr. Kathleen Merrigan was the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture from 2009-2013. She currently leads the GW Sustainability Collaborative and is a Professor of Public Policy at George Washington University. Merrigan created and led the 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' Initiative to support local food systems and was a key architect of First Lady Michelle Obama’s 'Let’s Move!' campaign.
Dr. Mary Bohman
Administrator, Economic Research Service, USDA
Mary Bohman is Administrator of the Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA's intramural, social science research and statistical agency. Before joining ERS in 1997, Bohman first worked in agriculture and rural development as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then became a faculty member for Agricultural Sciences at the University of British Columbia.
Program Highlights: Food Security
Dr. Marty Matlock, Executive Director of the Office for Sustainability at the University of Arkansas, Ken Cook, President and Co-founder at Environmental Working Group, and Veronica Nigh, Economist at American Farm Bureau Federation discuss the technologies and approaches that promote food safety today and security of resources tomorrow.
  • Jun 13, 2017
Dr. Marty Matlock, Executive Director of the Office for Sustainability at the University of Arkansas, Ken Cook, President and Co-founder at Environmental Working Group, and Veronica Nigh, Economist at American Farm Bureau Federation, discuss how to manage risks in biotechnology, selective breeding and genetically modified crops and possible tools and resources farmers can use to solve longstanding issues.
  • Jun 13, 2017
Ken Cook
President and Co-founder, Environmental Working Group
Ken Cook is president and co-founder of Environmental Working Group for the past 20 years. Under his leadership, EWG has pioneered the use of digital technologies to expose the harms done by misconceived crop subsidies, crop insurance and runaway agricultural pollution. Cook is also chairman of Food Policy Action, a group co-founded by Tom Colicchio in 2012.
Dr. Marty Matlock
Executive Director, Office for Sustainability: University of Arkansas
Dr. Marty Matlock is Executive Director of the University of Arkansas Office for Sustainability and Professor of Ecological Engineering in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department. He also serves on the United States Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Committee and serves as sustainability science adviser for 12 food and agricultural product companies.
Veronica Nigh
Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation
Veronica Nigh is the International Trade and Environmental Issue Economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Prior to joining Farm Bureau, Nigh worked for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service in the Office of Negotiations and Agreements as an International Economist. She also served as an International Marketing Specialist at the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Program Highlights: Beyond the Plate
Chef Spike Mendelsohn discusses a new smart phone app that helps decrease food waste and Evan Lutz, co-founder and CEO of “Hungry Harvest” discusses how his business uses “ugly” produce to help minimize waste.
  • Jun 13, 2017
Seth Goldman, co-founder of “Honest Tea” and Executive Chairman of “Beyond Meat”, Evan Lutz, co-founder and CEO of “Hungry Harvest” and Chef Spike Mendelsohn discuss how businesses and entrepreneurs are driving new trends in what we eat and creating impact far beyond the plate.
  • Jun 13, 2017
Spike Mendelsohn
Chef & Restaurateur; Chair, D.C. Food Policy Council
Spike Mendelsohn is a chef and restaurateur known for his Washington, D.C. restaurants ‘Good Stuff Eatery’ and ‘We, The Pizza.’ Mendelsohn currently serves as the Chairman of the D.C. Food Policy Council, Chef Ambassador to CARE International and Chef Contributor to DC Central Kitchen.
Seth Goldman
Co-founder, Honest Tea
Seth Goldman co-founded Honest Tea in 1998, the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea. Goldman recently transitioned to a new role at Honest Tea allowing him to take on an additional role as Executive Chairman of the plant-based protein company, Beyond Meat.
Evan Lutz
CEO & Co-founder, Hungry Harvest
Evan Lutz is CEO & Co-founder of Hungry Harvest, a business that buys "ugly" produce and delivers it to your door instead of letting it go to waste. He graduated from the University of Maryland school of business in 2014.
Bayer Sponsored Segment
In Bayer’s sponsored content segment, “Field Notes: A perspective on modern farming,” Sara Wyant, President of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. and Kyle Tom, Owner and Operations Manager of Tom Farms, discuss the challenges that growers are facing both globally and domestically.
  • Jun 13, 2017
Kyle A. Tom
Owner and Operations Manager, Tom Farms
Kyle Tom is a Partner at Toms Farms in Indiana. Tom Farms is a multi-generation family owned business that has over 18,000 acres in the US and Argentina. They’re leaders in the industry specializing in the production of seed corn, corn and soybeans.
Interviewed by Sara Wyant
President, Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.
Sara Wyant is the Founder and President of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. Agri-Pulse has the largest editorial team uniquely devoted to providing daily and weekly coverage of farm, food and rural issues in Washington, D.C.
About Washington Post Live
Washington Post Live is the newsroom’s live journalism platform. Top-level government and business leaders, emerging voices and newsmakers discuss the most pressing national and global issues of the day.
    Presenting Sponsor
    Contributing Sponsor
    Contributing Sponsor