Nine Questions with Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch

From by Lani Furbank
Nine Questions with Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch

Food Tank, in partnership with American University, is hosting the 2nd Annual Food Tank Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 20–21, 2016. 

This two-day event will feature more than 75 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policymakers, 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 Wenonah Hauter, the Founder and Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, who will be speaking at the summit.

Food Tank (FT): What inspired you to get involved in food and agriculture?

Wenonah Hauter (WH): I grew up on a farm, and good nutrition is the key to health.

FT: What do you see as the biggest opportunity to fix the food system?

WH: Turning the interest in food into political action.

FT: Can you share a story about a food hero that inspired you?

WH: The thousands of GMO activists fighting to label biotech foods.

FT: What drives you every day to fight for the bettering of our food system?

WH: Having a food system that nourishes people, sustains the environment, is fair for workers, and treats animals well is critical for today and generations to come.

FT: What’s the biggest problem within the food system our parents and grandparents didn't have to deal with?

WH: Biotechnology.

FT: What’s the first, most pressing issue you’d like to see solved within the food system?

WH: Regulate factory farms and label GMO foods.

FT: What is one small change every person can make in their daily lives to make a big difference?

WH: Get politically active.

FT: What’s one issue within the food system you’d like to see completely solved for the next generation?

WH: The merger madness that leaves a handful of corporations in control of food and agriculture.

FT: What agricultural issue would you like for the next president of the United States to immediately address?

WH: Appoint U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission heads that are committed to reinvigorating anti-trust law and breaking up the food, agriculture, and grocery giants.

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Sponsors for this year's Food Tank Summit in Washington, D.C. include: Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, Chaia DC, Chipotle, Clif Bar, D.C. Government, Driscoll's, Edible DC, Elevation Burger, Fair Trade USA, Food and Environment Reporting Network, Global Environmental Politics Program of the School of International Service, Greener Media, Inter Press Service, Leafware, Niman Ranch, Organic Valley, Panera Bread, and VegFund. 

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