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.
Fudge: Urban gardening is catching onRep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) talks about gardens on rooftops and greenhouses in city centers.
Daunting task to feed planet’s fast growing populationSec. 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.
Fudge: Supermarkets lacking in poor communitiesRep. 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.
Sandra Ford: Kids changing tasteSandra Ford, president of the School Nutrition Association, says she has noticed a shift in students’ perception of healthy foods.
Smith: The story of the dairy farmer is a story of resilienceRick Smith, president and CEO of Dairy Farmers of America, talks about the challenges of all types of farmers.