Four Questions with Chandler Goule, Senior Vice President of Programs at the National Farmers Union

Ricky Angel

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 Chandler Goule, Senior Vice President of Programs at the National Farmers Union (NFU), who will be speaking at the summit.

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

Chandler Goule (CG): The importance of family farming, the 2014 Farm Bill, crop insurance, and education to creating resiliency in agriculture in the United States.

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

CG: NFU represents and educates family farmers, ranchers and fishermen across the country, advocating for programs and systems that allow farmers to be more resilient, such as risk management programs, crop insurance, seed technology innovations, and sustainable techniques. These programs systems enable farmers and ranchers to be the driving force behind a sustainable and resilient food system in the U.S.

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

CG: The aging population of farmers and ranchers and monoculture farming.

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

CG: Buy local when possible, learn where your food comes from (Country-of-Origin Labeling), and support farm bills.

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.