2015 Feeding The Planet Summit

April 23, 2015
8:30 am - 3:00 pm EDT


Thursday, April 23

8:30 am EDT Student Innovation Spotlight     Watch On-Demand
Topic: The story of why food matters to the world (and me)
  • Eva Moss, University of the South
  • Tommy and Benji, Middlebury College
  • Sumner Byrne, GW
  • KinoSol project, Iowa State
8:35 am EDT Welcome: How Do We Tell Stories to Save the Planet?     Watch On-Demand
Topic: How do we tell stories to save the planet?
  • Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, GW
8:45 am EDT Keynote: Food Security in an Insecure Climate     Watch On-Demand
  • Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, USDA
9:00 am EDT Dynamic Dialogue: Snapshots from the Food Chain     Watch On-Demand
Topic: A quick moving, successive panel of one-on-one interviews. Students, policymakers, business leaders, farmers and climatologists will interview each other, telling their stories, revealing their expertise.
  • Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director, Sustainability Institute, GW
  • Michael La Cour, Global Head, IKEA Food
  • Jim Buizer, Professor and Director, Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute for the Environment, University of Arizona
  • Emily Best, Apprentice Farmer, New Morning Farm
  • Brittany Watts, Student, Columbia University
  • Zazil Davis-Vasquez, Student, University of Arizona
9:45 am EDT The Story of Hunger     Watch On-Demand
Topic: How is hunger being addressed in innovative ways by individuals, organizations, communities as a whole, poverty-stricken communities, in remote areas?
  • MODERATOR: Rep. Jim McGovern
  • Maria Rose Belding, Founder/Director, MEANS Database; Student, American University
  • Elise Kendall, KinoSol Co-Founder, Student, Iowa State University
  • Gary Klopfenstein, Student, Ohio State University
10:00 am EDT Farmers, Science and the Sustainability Story     Watch On-Demand
Topic: Food and nutrition security in the face of a changing climate - innovation, sustainability and collaboration
  • MODERATOR: Frank Sesno
  • Michael J. Frank, Monsanto

Break: 10:20 - 10:40 am EDT
10:40 am EDT The Story of Community and Food Security     Watch On-Demand
Topic: Innovative practices to address malnutrition and climate challenges while building and educating community in Peru
  • Adam Stieglitz, Co-Director, The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
  • Aaron Ebner, Co-Director, The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
10:50 am EDT Keynote: Five Things to Know About Climate and Food     Watch On-Demand
  • Dan Glickman, Former Secretary of Agriculture
11:10 am EDT Gender and Poverty in the Face of Climate Change     Watch On-Demand
Topic: Ideas for solutions to inequities found in the quality of life for women and children and as a result of location and/or poverty
  • MODERATOR: Tara Sonenshine, Planet Forward
  • Aviram Rozin, Sadhana Forest
  • Ram Fishman, GW
  • Imani M. Cheers, Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs, GWU
  • Eva Moss, Student, Sewanee: The University of the South
11:40 am EDT Innovation and Food: Silicon Valley to Central Valley     Watch On-Demand
Topic: The latest farm innovations and technology's increasing role in food production in the age of climate change
  • MODERATOR: Julie Borlaug, Texas A&M
  • Philip Ferguson, VP, Product Development, PrecisionHawk
  • David Hollinrake, Vice President, Bayer CropScience
  • Sue McCloskey, Creative Director, Fair Oaks Farms
  • Jacqueline McCloskey, Student, GWU
  • Pete Johnson, Pete's Greens
12:15 pm EDT Lunch Welcome Remarks: Steven Knapp, President, GWU     Watch On-Demand
Lunch Welcome Remarks:
  • Steven Knapp, President, GWU

12:30 pm EDT Food, Farmers and a CEO: How We'll All Feed the World     Watch On-Demand

LUNCH: Food, Farmers and a CEO: How We'll All Feed the World
Sponsored by Land O'Lakes, Inc.

  • Chris Policinski, President and CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  • Oswin Chackochan, Student, Purdue University
  • Mandi Egeland, Student, University of Minnesota 
  • Anna Sumi, Student, The George Washington University
1:35 pm EDT The Story of Next Gen Farmers     Watch On-Demand
Topic: Millennial farmers take on the future of food, agriculture and Earth's changing climate
  • MODERATOR: Bryan Monroe, Journalist
  • Greg Peterson, Peterson Farm Bros
  • Emily Best, Apprentice Farmer, New Morning Farm
  • Melanie Heckt, Student, University of Minnesota
  • Simon Itle, Student, Pennsylvania State University
2:05 pm EDT Keynote: NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy     Watch On-Demand
  • Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture
2:15 pm EDT Storyfest: Presenting Student Storytelling + Prize     Watch On-Demand
Topic: College students take on the challenge of finding the answer to 'Food + Innovation = ?' in their community
  • MODERATOR: Frank Sesno
  • Mitch Gelman, Chief Digital Officer, Gannett
  • Adam Conner, Vice President of Politics, Brigade Media
  • Imani M. Cheers, Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs, GWU
  • Francesco Fiondella, Senior Communications Officer, Earth Institute, Columbia University
2:55 pm EDT Powerful Stories to Move the Planet Forward     Watch On-Demand
  • Frank Sesno, Founder, Planet Forward

About this conference

Produced by The George Washington University's Planet Forward, the two-day Feeding The Planet Summit will bring together college students, innovators, policymakers and storytellers to discuss and share the story of climate change, food and agriculture. Participants will present new ideas, identify climate and food challenges, and tell stories of innovations and solutions.

About GW Planet Forward

GW Planet Forward identifies, celebrates and rewards ideas to solve global environmental challenges. Since 2009, Planet Forward has engaged new voices and brought their innovations to policy makers, academia, the private sector and the general public.

Planet Forward uses Web, video, social media, television and live events to lead a conversation on our planet’s future. Our team of experienced journalists, new media experts and cutting-edge student producers, editors and reporters identify key innovations and the interesting people behind them. Ideas are also uploaded directly from entrepreneurs, students, scientists, advocates, policy experts, public officials and concerned citizens.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno created Planet Forward to break the mold by using innovative media to convene the greatest experts and innovators to find solutions to the biggest challenges on our changing planet. Our site, planetforward.org, now highlights more than 2,000 videos and ideas on sustainability, energy and the environment.

Planet Forward is produced by the Center for Innovative Media at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. We are an educational nonprofit and rely on donations and corporate and foundation funding to keep finding new ideas to move the planet forward.

Planet Forward also serves as the outreach component and innovation research hub of GW’s interdisciplinary sustainability initiative.

For more information, visit: http://www.planetforward.org/