Five Questions with the Food and Environment Reporting Network’s Sam Fromartz

Michael Halper

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 Sam Fromartz, of the Food and Environment Reporting Network, who will be speaking at the summit.

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

Sam Fromartz (SF): The importance of public discussion of food issues, so that more voices become involved in the process. The role of media is the key to informing public opinion about these crucial issues that range from food safety and nutrition to food access and environmental health.

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

SF: By informing the discussion with insightful and in-depth stories.

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

SF: Just the day-to-day challenges of running an organization with limited resources. That said, we are a lean organization that knows how to get outsized impact with our coverage of food issues.

FT: Who is your food hero and why?

SF: One of my heroes is Jim Crawford, a small farmer from Pennsylvania who started a co-op in the 1990s and built a local food system in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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

SF: To change the food system, we need to become knowledgeable, engaged and networked -- with good food on hand to fuel our work.

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.