Live From Washington: The Atlantic's Food Summit

Our live video feed of a day of panels and interviews devoted to the future of food, sustainability, food safety, and more


Featuring everyone from sustainable food guru Alice Waters to White House chef and public health advocate Sam Kass to genetically modified food advocates like Nina Fedoroff of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the latest incarnation of The Atlantic's Food Summit is taking place from 8:30 to slightly after 2:30 today at the Ronald Reagan International Center in Washington, D.C. We're livestreaming the event (video embedded below), which will include panels and interviews touching on topics ranging from food safety to how to feed a growing global population (with, undoubtedly, the near-obligatory and perhaps heated debate over the role of biotechnology. Full disclosure: This year's Summit is sponsored in part by the Council for Biotechnology Information).

So without further delay, here's the video, with the day's full schedule pasted below. The video should begin streaming sometime around 8:30 EST.

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Schedule, The Atlantic's Food Summit

8:30 am            Welcome Remarks

Elizabeth Baker Keffer, President, AtlanticLIVE, and Vice President, The Atlantic

James Borel, Executive Vice President, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

8:45 am            Keynote Remarks: Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

9:15 am            Panel Discussion: Sustainable Agriculture

Moderated by Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic


-  Sarah Alexander, Director of the Environment Practice, The Keystone Center

-  Nina Fedoroff, President, American Association for the Advancement of Science

-  Gary Hirshberg, Chief Executive Officer, Stonyfield Farm

-  Molly Jahn, Professor at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:15 am        Break

10:30 am        Keynote Interview: Sam Kass, Assistant Chef, The White House

Interviewed by Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

10:45 am        Panel Discussion: Global Food Safety, Access & Affordability

Moderated by James Gibney, Deputy Managing Editor, The Atlantic


-  José Andrés, Chef and Owner, ThinkFoodGroup

-  Franz Fischler, Former Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, The European Union

-  Jim McGovern, Representative, U.S. House of Representatives

11:45 am        Panel Discussion: A Closer Look at Consumer Choice, Nutrition, and Policy

Moderated by Clive Crook, Senior Editor, The Atlantic


-  Ezekiel Emanuel, Chair of the Clinical Center Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health

-  Jennifer Grossman, Senior Vice President, Dole Nutrition Institute

-  Scott Kahan, Co-Director, George Washington University Weight Management Center

-  Susan Neely, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Beverage Association

12:45 pm        Lunch

1:10 pm            Introductory Remarks

Jackson Bain, Vice President of Public Affairs, National Association of Children's Hospitals

1:15 pm            Keynote Interview: Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods, Food & Drug Administration

Interviewed by Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

1:45 pm            Keynote Interview: Alice Waters, Chef and Owner, Chez Panisse

Interviewed by Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

2:30 pm            Closing Remarks