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DAY 1, OCTOBER 20, 2020 - STATE OF THE FOOD SYSTEM

The pandemic has reinforced and highlighted long standing fragilities in our food system: A bifurcated system creates shortages and food insecurity even as farmers are forced to destroy yields; degraded soil threatens harvests of the future; the climate crisis continues to strain production globally; and throughout the chain, people of color are suffering from injustices. Meanwhile, small and midscale regenerative farmers are experiencing an increase in demand, consumers are increasingly buying local, and restaurants are forced to rethink their business model and role in the community. This day we look at the resilience of regenerative agriculture, how it can answer the challenges at hand, and how to scale supply and distribution of food products from regenerative farms and build a more resilient food system.

 
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Front Porch Social
 
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Introduction - Al Gore and Alice Waters
 
1:15 pm – 2:40 pm
Al Gore - Presentation
 
2:40 pm – 2:55 pm
Break and Exhibits
 
2:55 pm – 3:15 pm
An interview with Michael Pollan
 
3:15 pm – 4:10 pm
Panel: The Food System
A look at how our current food system is failing us, and how regenerative agriculture can help. Featuring Michael Pollan, Naomi Starkman, Qiana Mickie, Ricardo Salvador
 
4:10 pm – 4:30 pm
Resilience in Action - A conversation with Rodney Rulon and Bill Salas
 
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Share a Meal with Chef Marcus Samuelsson
 

DAY 2, OCTOBER 21, 2020 - ON THE FRONT LINES OF FOOD

Our modern food and agriculture systems help feed a growing planet, while also serving to perpetuate a multitude of injustices. The pandemic has heightened awareness of unsafe jobs and practices that disproportionately affect the poor and people of color, just as the lack of nutritional foods takes a toll on their health. Now restaurants are in crisis, putting many out of work and gutting communities. This day we look at the challenges communities and individuals face, how restaurants are recreating their role in the community, and how regenerative agriculture can help to create justice in the food system and provide nutritious food at scale.

 
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Front Porch Social
 
1:00 pm - 1:55 pm
Welcome and Panel: Putting Justice on the Table
From meatpacking plants to farm labor to food availability, people of color suffer disproportionate risks and food injustices, all of which have been exacerbated in the pandemic. Featuring Reverend Heber Brown, Greg Asbed, and Jim Embry
 
1:55 pm - 2:15 pm
An interview with Sean Sherman, hosted by Karenna Gore
 
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Panel: The Future of Restaurants
How restaurants are reinventing to save themselves and their communities. Featuring Andrew Zimmern and Katie Button
 
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Break and Exhibits
 
3:15 pm - 3:35 pm
A conversation with Alice Waters
 
3:35 pm - 4:20 pm
Kitchen Conversations - Interactive Sessions with Chefs on the Issues
Featuring Tandy Wilson, Matt Bolus, Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, Melissa Kelly, Pat Martin, Claudette Zepeda
 

DAY 3, OCTOBER 22, 2020 - THE GREAT TRANSITION

Current agriculture policy favors agri-business and large-scale commodity farmers, which takes a toll on human health and that of the planet. Unless the USDA changes its farm subsidies and crop insurance programs, harmful conventional farming practices will continue to gain an inequitable advantage over regenerative agriculture that supports healthy soil, food, and communities. Today we examine the findings of the latest soil science and the role of policy in building a healthy and sustainable agriculture system for the future.

 
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Front Porch Social
 
1:00 pm – 1:55 pm
Welcome and Panel: Policy that Works
Current policy favors the status quo with many shortcomings, but reform is on the docket. Featuring Matt Russell, Rep. Chellie Pingree and Sanaz Arjomand
 
1:55 pm – 2:30 pm
The Soil Opportunity - a Conversation with Bruno Basso and Kris Covey
 
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Break and Exhibits
 
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Panel: The Global Vision
The world’s agricultural system is in the midst of a much needed transformation to feed a growing world while helping to solve the climate crisis. Featuring Rattan Lal, Wanjira Mathai, and Feike Sijbesma.
 
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Share a Meal with Chef Carla Hall
 
4:15 pm – 4:20 pm
Conference Close with Al Gore