Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Jason Huffman, editor of POLITICO’s Pro Agriculture and Pro Trade, 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?
Jason Huffman (JH): I’m a journalist and a moderator, so my message would be … “challenge everything you hear.”
FT: How are you contributing to building a better food system?
JH: By becoming better educated myself about food production issues, and better informing our readers.
FT: What are the biggest obstacles or challenges you face in achieving your organization’s goals?
JH: There is so much going on in food, agriculture, and trade that we can never have enough reporters to keep up. Food is the largest industry in the world!
FT: Who is your food hero and why?
JH: My grandfather, one of this country’s many small farmers. He turned his hay and straw farming operation into a source of employment for many of our family members and our small community. It was hard work and an honest living, and he never complained about the enormous number of hours he put into it. I whine a lot more about my job.
FT: In 140 characters or fewer, what is the most important thing we can all do to help change the food system?
JH: Educate the public about where their food comes from and how much it takes to get it to their table.