Inaugural Food Tank Summit Reveals a System Hungry for Change

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Executive Director of the Sustainability Collaborative Kathleen Merrigan, GW student Haley Burns, Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg, Urban Food Task Force Chair Diane Knapp and George Washington President Steven Knapp. Photo Credit: Hadley Jordan
Food waste, distribution inequality, changing agriculture and workers’ rights are among 21st century challenges.
January 26, 2015

By Brittney Dunkins

The George Washington University made tracks on Twitter last week as the hub for the first annual Food Tank Summit.

The two-day conference—the brainchild of Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg—explored the challenges of navigating the trail from farm to table.

“We are here at this conference to imagine the kind of food system where we honor our values, where women, youth, workers and animals all have a seat at the table, and no one is left on the outside looking in,” Ms. Nierenberg said.

George Washington President Steven Knapp highlighted the deep interest of students, faculty and staff in the food system during welcome remarks, and interest proved to be widespread as more than 15,000 people from 135 countries tuned into the conference live stream online.

By Thursday morning, #FoodTank was trending on Twitter in the top spot worldwide.   

“The amazing level of interest in this summit testifies to the concern about food and nutrition that has exploded across the world and on campuses across the country,” said Urban Food Task Force Chair Diane Knapp.

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