Harvest: Transforming the Food We Eat

February 15, 2018
New York City

200 years ago, 90% of Americans were farmers. Today, that figure lies at just 2%. Along with the mass shift away from agricultural work, the nature of food production itself has changed: an eclectic mix of scientists and technologists, restaurateurs and farmers are developing new ways to make the global food system more sustainable and productive. How are the latest food technologies transforming the way we cultivate crops and animals, and what are the implications for the food we eat in the years to come?

In a conversation about the future of food, The Atlantic convened the farmers and foodies, techies and tinkerers developing the culinary discoveries of tomorrow.

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Presented by

Atlantic Live


  • Teddy Bekele
    Teddy Bekele Vice President of Ag Technology Land O’ Lakes
  • Alton Brown
    Alton Brown Producer, Author and Food Network Host
  • Steve Clemons
    Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large The Atlantic
  • Isha Datar
    Isha Datar Executive Director New Harvest
  • Zachary Lippman
    Zachary Lippman Professor of Plant Biology and Genetics Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Danielle Nierenberg
    Danielle Nierenberg President Food Tank


  • Thursday, February 15
  • 6:30 p.m.Welcome Reception-
  • 7:00 p.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
    Neal Gutterson, Chief Technology Officer, Agriculture Division of DowDuPontTM*
  • 7:10 p.m.Exploring the EdibleAlton Brown, Producer, Author and Food Network Host
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 7:40 p.m.Feeding the PlanetZachary Lippman, Professor of Plant Biology and Genetics, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank
    Isha Datar, Executive Director, New Harvest
    Teddy Bekele, Vice President of Ag Technology, Land O’ Lakes
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 8:15 p.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low, AtlanticLIVE


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