Five Questions with Che Axum of the University of the District of Columbia

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Five Questions with Che Axum of the University of the District of Columbia

Food Tank, in partnership with the George Washington University, is hosting the 1st Annual Food Tank Summit in Washington D.C. on January 21-22, 2015.

This two-day event will feature more than 75 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for panels on topics including food waste, urban agriculture, family farmers, farm workers, and more.

Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Che Axum, of the University of the District of Columbia, who will be speaking at the summit.

Food Tank (FT): What will your message be at the Food Tank Summit?

Che Axum (CA): The critical importance of addressing the challenge of urban food and nutritional security in a globalized world.

(FT): How are you contributing to building a better food system?

(CA): The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia (CAUSES) is on a mission to make the residents of D.C. healthier, more food secure and economically empowered.

(FT): What are the biggest obstacles or challenges you face in achieving your organization's goals?

(CA): Resource constraints.

(FT): Who is your food hero and why?

(CA): The Unsung Father of Sustainability. George Washington Carver. Carver was one of the earliest proponents of global and local sustainability!

(FT): In 140 characters or less what is the most important thing we can all do to help change the food system?

(CA): Stop expanding agriculture’s footprint, close crop yield gaps, use resources much more efficiently, shift diets away from meat, reduce food waste and move toward a “networked food system.”

The event is SOLD OUT, but interested participants can sign up for the live-stream HERE. Or JOIN US for dinner and a reception to celebrate Food Tank's two-year anniversary on January 21st at 5:30pm EST. This event will also sell out fast, REGISTER NOW.

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