Exclusive Food Tank Event on the Real Cost of Cheap Food

From foodtank.com by Emily Nink
Exclusive Food Tank Event on the Real Cost of Cheap Food

We're honored to invite you to our special event on "The Real Cost of Food" at American University in Washington D.C. from 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM EST on November 12th, 2015! Register HERE today!

Not in Washington DC? Register to view the free livestream HERE!

Imagine if the price you paid for a hamburger included factors such as heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide; or the runoff of manure spread on fields from concentrated animal feeding operations; or injuries to workers in slaughterhouses and processing plants; or the poor animal welfare practices in livestock operations. It would certainly be more than US$.99 and would not be part of the value menu.

True Cost Accounting assigns value to the social, environmental, and health impacts of producing food. This fall, Food Tank is hosting a special event on True Cost Accounting with the Union of Concerned Scientists and GRACE Communications Foundation. Register now!

“It’s not an accident that we grow so much corn and soybean commodity crops. It’s not an accident that we only use two percent of land for fruits and vegetables,” said Jenn Yates of the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

This special event will spotlight the enormous external costs of producing food, proving there is no such thing as cheap food. In fact, True Cost Accounting has the potential to rearrange the economics of industrial agriculture through policies that reward sustainability and discourage irresponsible practices.

This panel event will be moderated by Daniel Reed, director of Planet Forward and will include keynotes by Ricardo Salvador, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists Food & Environment Program and Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank. 

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Michael Berger, Elevation Burger
  • Roni Neff, Center for a Livable Future
  • Paul Shapiro, The Humane Society of the United States
  • Jenn Yates, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Adam Diamond, American University

Additionally, the event will coincide with the release of our brand new Food Tank by the Numbers: True Cost Accounting report, "The Real Cost of Food: Examining the Social, Environmental, and Health Externalities of Producing Food." This work was made possible through the support of GRACE Communications and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. Learn more about our work on True Cost Accounting HERE.

The event will be hosted at American University on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 from 10:30 AM -12:00 PM EST. Lunch will be provided by Elevation Burger after the panel. Register today for $25 or sign up to become a Food Tank sustainer and attend for free! Hurry, space is limited! 

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