2012 Agenda

A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust

Executive Conference Center
Hearst Tower, 44th Floor

Download a PDF of the complete agenda for the two days of the conference.

Further Reading


Will Allen
Founder, Growing Power 

The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities


Miriam Arond
Director, The Good Housekeeping Research Institute

“Safe to Eat?” by The Good Housekeeping Research Institute


Wendell Berry
Author, Poet and Farmer

“A Fifty-Year Farm Bill”

"The Pleasures of Eating"


Sheila Bowman
Manager of Culinary and Strategic Initiatives, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

"Turning the Tide, The State of Seafood" from the Monterey Bay Aquarium


Jason Clay
Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund

“Room for Debate: Can the Planet Support 10 Billion People? More Efficient Food Production”, The New York Times


Debra Eschmeyer
Founder, Food Corps

“The Full School Food Equation,” Huffington Post

“Make a Career of Humanity,” Huffington Post


Eric Goldstein
Chief Executive of School Support Service, NYC Department of Education

“Hairnets, Yes; Fried Foods, No,” The New York Times


Adam Gopnik
Staff Writer, The New Yorker

The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food


Frederick Kaufman
Contributing Editor, Harper's

Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food


Sid Lerner
Grace Communications Foundation, Founder, The Monday Campaigns

“Campaign Aims to Make Meatless Mondays Hip,” NPR


Anne Mendelson
Historian and Author

Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages


Janet Poppendieck
Author and Professor

Free for All: Fixing School Food in America


Daniel B. Ravicher
Executive Director, Public Patent Foundation

OSGATA v. Monsanto: Seed Patents (Public Patent Foundation)

“Modified Crops Tap a Wellspring of Protest,” The New York Times

“Patently Problematic,” Valley Advocate


Shauna Sadowski
Director of Sustainability, Annie's, Inc.

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Raising Elijah by Sandra Steingraber

Drive by Daniel Pink


Dennis Treacy
EVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Sustainability Watch – Dennis Treacy, Smithfield Foods

The Reinventors: How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change by Jason Jennings


Emmanuel Verstraeten
Founder and President, SPE Certified, Owner, Rouge Tomate

“Certifiably Good, Time Magazine


Tensie Whelan
President, Rainforest Alliance

“Sustainable Food Comes of Age,” Huffington Post

“Incentives to Save the Planet – Part 1,” Huffington Post

“Incentives to Save the Planet – Part 2,” Huffington Post

From our Detroit Salon

“Detroit arcadia: Exploring the post-American landscape,” Harper’s Magazine

For queries, please contact foodconference@jamesbeard.org.