Even more importantly, I write to thank you for your continued support. As you know, since 2009 I’ve had the honor and sincere privilege of meeting with hundreds of farmers and farmers’ groups, scientists and researchers, policy makers and government leaders, public health practitioners and nutritionists, and NGO leaders, academics, and journalists across 35 countries, collecting their thoughts on what is working to help alleviate hunger and poverty, while also protecting the environment.
Your encouragement and inspiration—in person, by phone, and in countless emails—has been invaluable to my research. I’m truly grateful for the community of experts—including students in Uganda, women farmers in India, scientists from Brazil, urban gardeners in Chicago, policy-makers in Ghana, plant breeders in Taiwan, food waste activists in Italy, and countless others around the globe—who have shared their expertise and experience with me over the last three and a half years.
It is because of all of you that I truly believe that agriculture can be the solution to some of our most pressing environmental and social challenges. I’m humbled by your generosity and am incredibly thankful that you have allowed me to share your stories of hope and success in agriculture.
Now with Food Tank: The Food Think Tank, I’ll be working with Ellen– an amazing advocate and thought leader on how to make our food system healthier and more sustainable. I’m honored to be a part of this innovative new endeavor with her as my partner.
I’m incredibly hopeful about the future of agriculture—the solutions are out there in fields and laboratories, in kitchens and gardens, they just need more attention, more research, and ultimately more funding. Ellen and I need your help to make sure those innovations get the investment they need. Please share your story ideas and suggestions for how we can continue to collaborate. Tell us about the issues that are most important to you. Send us photos from your own research on-the-ground. Share how you’re working to nourish both people and the planet.
Stay tuned for Food Tank’s official launch on January 10th and for our website, weekly newsletters, investigative reporting, an innovations tour, new research and publications, and a 2013 Food Summit!
With my sincere thanks and appreciation,
Co-Founder, Food Tank