Five Questions with U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

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Five Questions with U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

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 U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME), who will be speaking at the summit.

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

Chellie Pingree (CP): It's important for policy makers to listen to the increasing number of Americans demanding reform in our food system. And it's just as important for people who care about quality, affordable, sustainably-produced food to keep talking to policy makers about priorities.

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

CP: Working to reform policy in Washington to support sustainable farmers and give consumers better access to fresh, local, affordable food.

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

CP: Food policy in the United States has been biased toward giant agribusiness, monoculture, and factory farms. Smaller farms that produce a variety of crops, often selling it locally, are more sustainable and more likely to benefit the local economy

FT: Who is your food hero and why?

CP: Eliot Coleman and his wife Barbara Damrosch have an amazing organic farm in Maine, where they are constantly innovating and teaching others.  Eliot was my first instructor, and taught me a tremendous amount about organic growing farming.

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

CP: Tell your elected leaders how important sustainable, affordable, locally produced food is to you.

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.