Co-chair, AGree; former U.S. secretary of agriculture
The U.S. historically has provided 50 percent of the humanitarian assistance to the world. We are the dominant — have been historically the dominant — force in food assistance. And so in a world where those supplies are very tight, how are we going to best help the hungry around the world as well as help the developing world grow their own food? This administration has done an excellent job with a program called Feed the Future, and there are lots of ways that we’re out trying to help the world.
But with much tighter supplies, we’ll have to figure out how do we help our farmers at home and how do we continue to be a strong moral force in the world overseas.
We proselytize folks to eat fruits, vegetables and legumes. . . . Yet the overwhelming number of [U.S. government] payments go to program crops: wheat, corn, cotton, rice and soybean. So we have kind of a disconnect . . . between what we’re telling people to eat and what the government actually does in terms of supporting people.