'We Can Change the Food System'

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Food Tank hosts its first summit in Chicago next week, featuring more than 35 speakers

from the food and agriculture field.

By Janice Hoppe Spiers

Some of the world's most impactful food system leaders will come together Wednesday for the first annual Chicago Food Tank Summit. Hosted by Food Tank, in partnership with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the University of Chicago Council on Global Affaris and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials and students will participate in interactive panels to discuss hot topics in the food and agriculture field.

"Chicago, We Can Change the Food System - the 2016 Food Tank Summit" will be held in the Gleacher Center at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. For those interested in streaming the summit, click here. The summit is sold out, but Food & Drink International will be in attendance sharing photos and key topics discussed throughout the day on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Schedule

Kicking off at 9 a.m., Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg will preset the keynote address. Food Tank is focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourised eaters. "We spotlight environmentally, socially and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity and poverty, and create networks of people, organizations and content to push food food system change," the nonprofit organization says.

After the opening keynotes, the summit will feature four panels: Farming the Future, Unlikely Alliances in the Food System, Transparency in the Food System and The Future of Food. Senior Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University Fred Kirschenmann will present the keynote on Farming the Future. David MacLennan, chairman and CEO of Cargill will present the keynote address for the Unlikely Alliances in the Food System panel.

Rick Bayless, chef and owner of Frontera, will present the afternoon keynote to kick off the last two panels. Juliette Majot, executive director at IATP, will lead the discussion on Transparency in the Food System, and William Warshauer, president and CEO of TechnoServe will discuss The Future of Food.

A reception and dinner at Chef Mario Batali's Eataly in Chicago will follow the summit. Bill Daley from the Chicago Tribune, Becky Liscum of Edible Chicago and the head chef of Eataly will be the guest speakers during the reception. A four-course plated dinner paired with four complementary wines will conclude the evening. 

Chicago Food Trank Summit is the third in a series of three summits for 2016. Food Tank will kick off its summits next year starting in January with 2016 Food Tank Summit - Sao Paulo, Brazil and Let's Build Better Food Policy: 2017 Washington, D.C. Food Tank Summit in February. 

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