It’s been two years since I first spoke with Danielle Nierenberg about Food Tank, a think tank and website with a goal to “fix the broken food system by being a voice in the fight for health-based agriculture, alleviating hunger and poverty, and stemming the tide of obesity.”

The organization has had an impressive first two years, bringing together thought leaders in food activism and disseminating information to everyone, from policymakers to parents, with an interest in finding solutions for the problems with local and global food systems.

Food Tank will host the first annual Food Tank Summit this Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 21-22. The summit is at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I hoped to have been there, but my schedule didn’t allow it. Fortunately, I can still participate by watching the livestream of the speakers and panels and by participating in the discussion via social media. You can participate, too.

I intend to start tuning in Wednesday at 9:20 a.m. when keynote speaker Kathleen Merrigan talks. Merrigan is the former deputy secretary for the USDA. She also helped to develop and write the laws surrounding the labeling of U.S. organic food.

There are more than 75 speakers throughout the two-day conference, too many for me to list here. But I will list the schedule of panels, and you can click through to Food Tank’s schedule to see who will be participating in them.

Wednesday’s Food Tank Summit panels:

  • 9:40 a.m. panel: Cultivating Better Urban Food Systems
  • 11 a.m. panel: Waste Not Want Not in the Food System
  • 1 p.m. panel: Family Farmers Creating Resilience in the Food System
  • 2:15 p.m. panel: Telling the Story of Food
  • 3:45 p.m. panel: The Business of Food
Thursday’s Food Tank Summit panels:
  • 9:20 a.m. panel: Recognizing Workers in the Food System
  • 10:45 a.m. panel: Pushing for Better Agriculture Research and Policy
  • 1 p.m. panel: Pushing for International Agreements: The Milan Protocol 
  • 2:30 p.m. panel: True Cost Accounting in the Food System
  • 3:45 p.m. panel: Democratizing Innovation
Anyone can participate by watching the livestream through Food Tank’s website, using the hashtag #FoodTank to join the conversation on Twitter or emailing questions to 

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.