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New Initiative to Provide Path Forward for Transforming Food and Ag Policy

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Meridian Institute is excited to announce the launch of AGree, a new initiative that will tackle long-term food and agriculture policy issues confronting the nation and the world as the population continues to grow and resources become ever-more constrained.

AGree will use best-in-class research, comprehensive analysis, and cross-sector dialogue to address the challenges facing the food and agriculture system. AGree will fill a crucial void in current agriculture research and discussions, which frequently do not consider solutions across multiple sectors such as environment, energy, rural economies, and health. AGree will work across these silos by convening a diverse set of stakeholders, including conventional and organic farmers, ranchers, nutritionists, energy experts, environmentalists, financiers, international aid veterans, and public health specialists.

AGree’s mission to nurture dialogue among diverse opinions on agriculture issues is embodied by the leaders of the initiative: Dan Glickman, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton and a former congressman from Kansas for 18 years; Gary Hirshberg, chairman, president, and “CE-Yo” of Stonyfield Farm; Jim Moseley, former deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President George W. Bush and an Indiana farmer for more than 40 years; and Emmy Simmons, former assistant administrator for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade at the U.S. Agency for International Development and a board member for several organizations engaged in international agriculture and global development.

AGree will provide the first steps of genuine dialogue and insightful data that will enable effective and meaningful decisions about food and agriculture policy. The group will lay a path forward through sound solutions generated by careful research and analysis that can guide policymakers and stakeholders as they undertake this critical endeavor.

The Meridian Institute will house, staff, and help lead AGree, funded by the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. Please navigate to www.foodandagpolicy.org for more information.