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Food Summit

Washington, District of Columbia / May 24, 2012

The Atlantic's third annual Food Summit explored the topics of consumer behavior, health and nutrition, and sustainable agriculture.

As the nation works to promote more sustainable food production, enhance government oversight over the food industry, and control the obesity epidemic, The Atlantic gathered food policy luminaries, notable chefs, and public health officials to shed light on these important themes.

Hosted on May 24, 2012 by Atlantic Senior Editor and James Beard award-winning food writer Corby Kummer, The Atlantic's third annual Food Summit featured important conversation on food production, consumption, and regulation. Event attendees, as well as those watching online, joined in the discussions using the hashtag #AtlanticFood. Atlantic editor Brian Fung recapped the Tweets. For highlights and insights from the event, visit Corby Kummer's blog post on TheAtlantic.com. 



Headline Interview: Martha Stewart, Founder, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia






Panel 1: Feeding A World of 9 Billion—Sustainably



Headline Interview - Mario Batali, Chef, Restaurateur, Author, and Television Personality



Panel 2: Learning at a Young Age: Childhood Nutrition and the Obesity Epidemic



Headline Interview: Kirsten Tobey, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Revolution Foods



Keynote Speech: Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary, United States Department of  Agriculture





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  • Mario Batali
    Mario Batali Critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur, award-winning author, and television personality Official Website
  • Steve Clemons
    Steve Clemons Editor-in-Chief, AtlanticLIVE, and Washington Editor-at-Large The Atlantic
  • Clive Crook
    Clive Crook Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Jennifer Grossman
    Jennifer Grossman Senior Vice President Dole Nutrition Institute
  • Gary Hall, Sr.
    Gary Hall, Sr. Three-Time US Olympian, and Executive Director World Fit Foundation
  • Marilyn Knox
    Marilyn Knox Chief Executive Officer; Regional Business Head The Gerber Products Company; Nestlé Infant Nutrition North America
  • Elaine Kolish Vice President and Director, Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative Council of Better Business Bureaus
  • Corby Kummer
    Corby Kummer Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Rick Leach
    Rick Leach President and Chief Executive Officer World Food Program USA
  • Kathleen Merrigan
    Kathleen Merrigan Deputy Secretary U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Chris Novak
    Chris Novak Chief Executive Officer National Pork Board
  • Robert Paarlberg
    Robert Paarlberg Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University and Betty Freyhof Johnson Class of 1944 Professor of Political Science Wellesley College
  • Mark "Coach" Smallwood
    Mark "Coach" Smallwood Executive Director Rodale Institute
  • Martha Stewart
    Martha Stewart Founder Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
  • Kirsten Tobey
    Kirsten Tobey Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Revolution Foods
  • Margo Wootan
    Margo Wootan Director, Nutrition Policy Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Jocelyn Zuckerman
    Jocelyn Zuckerman Executive Editor, Whole Living, and Adjunct Professor Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


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