For at least three election cycles, food and agriculture issues have taken a back seat to identity politics, homeland security and healthcare reform. But this spring, the very first presidential forum for the 2020 election put farmers’ rights and Big Food monopolies at the fore. From how to regulate cell-cultured steaks and CBD edibles, to who gets to label their products as “meat” and “milk,” food and agriculture policy is already getting airtime in the lead-up to 2020.
This panel will explore key areas of focus for 2020 candidates and what’s missing from their various platforms. The Green New Deal, consolidation in meat processing, regenerative agriculture, industrial hemp — all this and more will pepper a lively discussion about food and agriculture’s place in American politics at this critical moment in history.
Our food choices have a direct impact on the future of the planet, and Slow Food Nations is a platform to inspire people to make changes that have a positive impact on the environment. The Food for Change Tent will tell this story, offer calls to action, and engage the public in the conversation through a series of free talks.