Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Che Axum, of the University of the District of Columbia, who was one of the speakers at the 2015 Food Tank Summit in partnership with The George Washington University.
Food Tank (FT): What will your message be at the Food Tank Summit?
Che Axum (CA): The critical importance of addressing the challenge of urban food and nutritional security in a globalized world.
(FT): How are you contributing to building a better food system?
(CA): The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia (CAUSES) is on a mission to make the residents of D.C. healthier, more food secure and economically empowered.
(FT): What are the biggest obstacles or challenges you face in achieving your organization’s goals?
(CA): Resource constraints.
(FT): Who is your food hero and why?
(CA): The Unsung Father of Sustainability. George Washington Carver. Carver was one of the earliest proponents of global and local sustainability!
(FT): In 140 characters or less what is the most important thing we can all do to help change the food system?
(CA): Stop expanding agriculture’s footprint, close crop yield gaps, use resources much more efficiently, shift diets away from meat, reduce food waste and move toward a “networked food system.”