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Chicago Food Tank Summit

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A little more than a week has gone by since a majority of America was blind-sided as Donald Trump was named the next
president of the United States. With this new fast-food-loving
president-elect, some of the world's most impactful food system
leaders are left wondering - and seemingly nervous - about how
the new administration will impact food policy moving forward.
More than 35 different speakers from
the food and agriculture field came
together Wednesday at the University
of Chicago's Gleacher Center for the
first annual Chicago Food Tank Summit to discuss this topic and more.
Only a few times was the election and
new administration mentioned, which
came as a surprise to Juliette Majot,
executive director for the Institute for
Agriculture and Trade Policy.
"For the past I don't know how long,
I've been glued to the television news
and don't understand why I didn't
hear them talk about agriculture and
food systems," she said. "Why? I am
buffaloed by it and a lack of courage
to speak out about where we are finding ourselves in the U.S.
"It's not a leap of faith to talk about
what we know in science about pesticides," she continued. "It's not a leap
of faith to talk about what we know
about climate change. It's not a leap
of faith to know that agriculture will
surpass transportation as the biggest
emitter of greenhouse gases in the
world. It will take over the No. 2 spot
and do so in the next couple of years."
Majot added that divisiveness
breeds caution and caution supports
the status quo. "We cannot normalize
what's going on," she said. "We absolutely must place agriculture and food
into the context of society and into the
context of our political structure."

chance right now - what is it we want
to say to the new president-elect?"
One of her suggestions was greater transparency in the food system
and improving the consumer's right
to know where their food came from.
"Transparency in the Food System"
was one of four panel discussions
held in November during the Chicago
Food Tank Summit.
"Why don't we imagine trade
agreements to ensure every country's right to establish food reserves?" Majot asked. "Encourage

improvement in food safety through
policy and practice, including food
inspection and trade agreements that
strengthen greater transparency in
the food system."
Bloomberg News Reporter Shruti
Singh moderated a discussion of six
panelists: Bruce Friedrich, executive
director of The Good Food Institute;
Angela Mason, associate vice president of Windy City Harvest; Karen
Lehman, director of Fresh Taste;
Gene Bauer, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary; Behtash Bahador of the Barilla Center for Food &
Nutrition Alumni Association; and
John Steven Bianucci, director of impact at Iroquois Valley Farms.
When asked what transparency
means to them, Bianucci asked, "If I
can't know what's in my food, what
rights do I really have? How free am I?"

Gene Bauer, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary said there is a disconnect between reality and what labels suggest. <<

Increasing Transparency
What should the food system look like
tomorrow? Majot said, "We have a
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