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Food Disrupters and the Future of Food

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The food industry is being revolutionized by entrepreneurs using food technology in innovative ways to address some of the most pressing threats to our modern society. Unprecedented integration of communities that traditionally stovepiped development, policy-making, scientific, and venture capitalists has led to an era of food disruption. These “disrupters” have moved beyond mass production to food start-ups and impact investing. Today new actors form the private sector will play an increasingly important role in ensuring the world develops additional food resources to keep pace with a burgeoning population. At this event co-hosted by the Stimson Center and Halcyon Incubator, Stimson board member Kris Balderston moderated a discussion between leaders in the food industry on the role of food disruption in addressing the challenges of ending hunger and providing equitable access to food in the developing world.

WHAT: A discussion on how innovation is changing our conceptions about food, development, and security.


Johanna Mendelson Forman, Senior Advisor, Stimson Center
Ryan Ross, Program Director, Halcyon Incubator
Caesar Layton, Founder, Cultivate Ventures
Sarah Piccini, Kirchner Food Fellow, Kirchner Private Capital Group
Kate Thornton, Director of Hunger and Sustainability Initiatives, Hunger Solutions Institute, Auburn University
Rick Leach, President and CEO, World Food Program USA

Kris Balderston (introductory remarks and moderator), Senior Vice President, FleishmanHillard and Board Member, Stimson Center

Image courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Flickr


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