Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD
The AgriNutrition Edge
Sunday, June 10
6:00 AM – 7:45 AM
Evolving how we eat and produce food is critical to improving human health and the health of the planet. The United Nations’ (UN) seventeen Sustainable Development Goals present an action plan for addressing food security and nutrition through sustainable agriculture and development.
This session will review the latest evidence on health, nutrition, and sustainability. It will discuss the considerations for the development of a scientific definition of sustainable nutritious eating patterns, the role of the private and public sectors in transforming the food system, and how to empower consumer behavior change to help build a healthier plate and planet.
The AgriNutrition Edge
Sam Kass is the former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama administration. He is the founder of TROVE, a strategy firm focusing on improving health and sustainability of food and a venture partner in Acre Venture Partners.
After cooking for the Obamas in Chicago for two years, Sam joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009 as Assistant Chef and, in 2010, became Food Initiative Coordinator. During his White House tenure, he took on several additional roles including Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. Sam is the first person in the history of the White House to have a position in the Executive Office of the President and the Residence. As one of the First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, he helped the First Lady create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden.
In 2011, Fast Company included Sam in their list of 100 Most Creative People, and in 2012, he helped create the American Chef Corps, which is dedicated to promoting diplomacy through culinary initiatives. He is an MIT Media Lab fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
On April 17, 2018 Sam’s book, Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World, will be released by Clarkson Potter.
Director, Agriculture, Food and Environment Program
University of California, Davis
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