Food & dining

A think tank for food

associated press

On April 1, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University will host Boston’s first Food Tank Summit, an event with dozens of talks and panel discussions centered around food security, agriculture, policy, and innovation. The summit is presented in collaboration with Food Tank: The Think Tank for Food and Oxfam America.

New Orleans-based Food Tank was founded by Tufts Friedman School alum Danielle Nierenberg. The nonprofit uses online articles and in-person events like the upcoming summit to promote sustainable agriculture as a tool to tackle a wide variety of environmental and public health issues — from obesity and hunger to poverty and pollution. In addition to the Boston event on the Friedman campus in Chinatown, there are summits being organized in São Paulo, New York, and Los Angeles.

The theme for the Boston summit is “Investing in Discovery,” with panel discussions like “Farm and Food Innovations” and “Are We Becoming Nutrient ‘Dense’?” In an effort to appeal to entrepreneurs and policymakers as well as academics, the programming includes a mix of CEOs, politicians, farmers, chefs, and journalists. Familiar local participants include chef Jody Adams, writer and editor Corby Kummer, congressman Jim McGovern, and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, 150 Harrison Ave., Boston. Tickets are $399; go to



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