We’re delighted to share with you the parallel sessions from our True Cost of American Food conference.

What does the future of food look like?

Moderator: Thomas Harttung, Sustainable Food Trust
Josh Tetrick, Hampton Creek – Reimagining the food we love
David Lee, Impossible Foods – The Impossible Burger: Food without compromise
Jonathan Wolfson, TerraVia – Harnessing the power of algae: the earth’s orginal superfood
Shakirah Simley, Bi-Rite – People, power, policy: revolutionising real, good food
Respondent: Volkert Engelsman, Eosta – Questioning the future of food

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: Josh Tetrick, David LeeJonathan WolfsonShakirah Simley.

How much is our food system really costing our health?

Moderator: Ruth Richardson, The Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Bob Martin, John Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future – Antibiotic resistance
Pete Myers, Environmental Health Sciences – Endocrine disrupting chemicals
Judy Hatcher, Pesticide Action Network – Pesticides and public health
Richard Jackson, UCLA – The food web: Too important to leave to technocrats and corpocrats

To view Judy Hatcher’s presentation slides, click here.

The fat of the land

Moderator: Nicolette Hahn Niman, Author and Farmer
Libby Bernick, TruCost – Hidden costs of palm oil production
Nina Teicholz, Journalist and Author – Big Fat Surprise: Animal fats versus vegetable oils
Cynthia Daley, California State University – Grass-fed versus grain-fed meat
Respondents: Cynthia Ong, LEAP – Sustainable palm oil initiatives: Can they make a difference?
Richard Young, Sustainable Food Trust – Can we use true cost accounting to solve the big fat problem?

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: Nina Teicholz, Richard Young.

The value of integrated farming

Moderator: Richard Young, The Sustainable Food Trust
Kristine Nichols, Rodale Institute – Practices for improving soil health and biology
Claire Kremen, UC Berkeley – The advantages of diversified farming systems
George Boody, Land Stewardship –  Integrating continuous living cover into midwestern farming systems: perspectives from a watershed project
Seth Watkins, Pinhook Farms – The practicalities and realities of crop/livestock integration: a farmer’s perspective

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: Seth Watkins, George Boody.

Does size matter?

Moderator: Ann Thrupp, UC Berkeley Food Institute
Mike Hamm, MSU – Scale diversity and food hubs
Jim Slama, FamilyFarmed – Feeding the 99% good food
John Ikerd, Author and Economist – The true cost of large-scale farming
Doria Robinson, Urban Tilth – Urban agriculture: scaling up our impact from community gardens to urban farms and regional food systems

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: Mike Hamm, Jim Slama.

Investing in sustainable agriculture

Moderator: Ali Partovi, Technology Entrepreneur and Investor
Libby Bernick, TruCost – Understanding sustainable agriculture: Opportunities and outcomes using true cost accounting
Randy Hayes, Foundation Earth – Biosphere-smart agriculture and World Bank loans
Craig Wichner, Farmland LP – The ROI of sustainable farmland
Mariela Cedeño, Mandela Marketplace – Financing the food system with an equity lens
Respondent: Woody Tasch, Slow Money – Investing as if food, farms and fertility mattered

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: Craig WichnerMariela Cedeño, Woody Tasch.

How can we put a price on nature?

Moderator – Owsley Brown III, Director of Sustainable Food Alliance
Bishop Marc Andrus, Bishop of California – The higher purpose of agriculture
Pavan Sukhdev, TEEB – The invisible economics of eco-agri-food systems
Paul Shapiro, Humane Society of the United States – Animal welfare in agriculture
John Ikerd, Author, Economist – Social and ethical values

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: Pavan Sukhdev, John Ikerd.

The cost of corn and soy systems

Moderator: George Boody, Land Stewardship Project
Craig Cox, Environmental Working Group – Financial incentives for better farming 
Eugene Turner, Louisiana State University – Corn/soy landscapes, water quality and the Gulf of Mexico dead zone
Matthew O’Neal, Iowa State University – Consequences from agricultural intensification and preventative pest management
Richard Cruse: Iowa State University – Soil erosion: How much and at what cost?
Respondent: Jim Erdehl, Minnesota farmer – A farmer’s perspective

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: Eugene Turner, Richard Cruse, Matthew O’Neal, Craig Cox.

Communicating the true cost of food

Moderator: Scott Cullen, GRACE Communications Foundation
Tom Philpott, Mother Jones – Communicating the food movement
David Mermin, Lake Research Partners – Understanding public attitudes and opinions
Urvashi Rangan, Consumers Union – Harnessing the voice of consumers and civil society
Douglas Gayeton, Lexicon of Sustainability – The message and the movement

To view David Mermin’s presentation slides, click here.

How do we measure the true costs of food production?

Moderator: Alexander Müller, TEEBAgFood
Harpinder Sandhu, Flinders University – A sustainability assessment tool
Nadia Scialabba, FAO – Sustainability assessment of food and agriculture systems
Eli Fenichel, Yale – Measuring natural capital: From rhetoric to reality
Levi Stewart, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board – Outline of sustainability metrics for investor guidance

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session:Harpinder Sandhu, Nadia Scialabba, Levi Stewart.

Helping our children to make better food choices

Moderator: Laurie David, Author, Producer and Environmental Advocate
Alice Waters, Chez Panisse and The Edible Schoolyard – Growing food values
Richard Dunne, Headteacher – The harmony principles in education
Angela McKee, SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience – Student-centred design
Ted Smith, Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil – Compassionate schools

To view Angela McKee’s presentation slides, click here.

The challenge of nitrogen pollution

Moderator: Barbara Gemmill-Herren
Jana Compton, Environment Protection Agency – The cost of nitrogen use in the US
Sonja Brodt, UC Davis – The quantities and impacts of nitrogen use in California
Laurie Drinkwater, Cornell University – How legumes can contribute to agricultural sustainability and reduce nitrogen fertiliser use
Bill Stowe, Des Moines Water Works – Water treatment issues in Iowa

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: Jana Compton, Sonja Brodt, Laurie Drinkwater, Bill Stowe.

Draining food systems dry

Moderator: Peter Lerhner, Senior Attorney, Earth Justice
Bill Stowe, Des Moines Water Works – The Iowa court case
Jenny Rempel, Community Water Centre – The impacts of water contamination on low income groups
Hal Candee, Altshuler Berzon LLP – Environmental legislation
Professor Dennis Baldocchi, UC Berkeley – The cost of water

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: Peter LehnerBill Stowe, Dennis Baldocchi.

What are the hidden costs of CAFOs?

Moderator: Andrew Gunther, A Greener World
Kendra Kimbirauskas, SRAP – The impact of CAFOs on local communities
Keeve Nachman, Center for a Livable Future – The costs of antibiotic resistance in livestock
Kim Lyerly, MD, Duke University – The impact of pollution on public health
Professor Viney Aneja, North Carolina State University – The impact of pollution and emissions from CAFOs

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: Kendra KimbirauskasKeeve Nachman, Viney AnejaKim Lyerly.

Why we need to save our soils

Moderator: Sarah Bell, 11th Hour Project
David Montgomery, University of Washington – Soil: The big picture
Whendee Silver, UC Berkeley – Reversing the negative impacts of agriculture on soil
Lara Bryant, NRDC – The value of soil in American policy
Respondent: Richard King, Farmer and Educator – Farming and ranching to grow soil

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: David Montgomery, Whendee Silver, Lara Bryant.

The full cost of food waste

Moderator – Twilight Greenaway, Civil Eats
Dana Gunders, Natural Resources Defense Council – Food waste in the US
Nadia Scialabba, FAO – The full cost of food wastage
Dana Frasz, Food Shift – The challenges and opportunities of wasted food: realistic strategies to improve food recovery
Mary Risley, Food Runners – Redistributing edible food in San Francisco

Click on the following speakers to view their presentation slides for this session: Dana Gunders, Dana Frasz.

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