(Posted Thu. May 23rd, 2013)
May 23: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a farmer from Iowa, participated in a panel at the Washington Post’s forum “Future of Food 2013: Building a Sustainable Food System” earlier this week. During her presentation, Johnson emphasized technological innovations in agriculture that have allowed corn growers to produce greater yields on roughly the same amount of land while simultaneously improving the environment. Johnson also effectively defended biotechnology as an important part of sustainable production systems.
“This forum offered an exceptional opportunity to bring the real stories of America’s farmers into public conversation in a meaningful way,” said Johnson. “America’s farmers are doing excellent work every day, meeting the world's need for food, feed, fuel and fiber while leaving the land better than we found it. By joining in discussions on food and farming, we open a dialogue with consumers, who may be many generations removed from the farm, which leads to understanding and appreciation."
Other speakers on the panel included Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) who criticized proposals that would make steep cuts to nutrition assistance programs in the Farm Bill. The program concluded with remarks from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack laying out a long term vision for rural America that will entice young people to return to the farm.
The 2013 forum brought leading experts together for a discussion about expanding a healthy, sustainable food system. Topics covered ranged from technological innovations, making food more affordable and nutritious, reducing packaging and waste, private-public partnerships and the sustainability movement.
An annual event, the Washington Post Live forum also highlighted the latest trends in food and nutrition.
To explore video from the program and learn more, click here.