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AGree Videos Outline Challenges, Opportunities For Food and Agriculture

Compelling series features AGree Co-Chairs calling for collaborative dialogue, policy

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 17, 2011— A new series of micro-documentary films released today by AGree underscores the complexity of our food and agriculture system and stresses the need to find common ground on food and agriculture issues.

AGree is a long-term initiative that brings together a diversegroup of interests to transform U.S. food and agriculture policy through stakeholder outreach and best-in-class research in order to meet the challenges of the future.

The micro-documentaries feature AGree’s four Co-Chairs, who each discuss the crucial need for solutions to meet the growing challenges facing food and agriculture both domestically and internationally. In the videos, the AGree Co-Chairs outline the challenges ahead and advocate for a more inclusive approach to U.S. food and agriculture policy reform that will support feeding and fulfilling the nutritional and health needs of a growing world population, protecting natural resources and strengthening rural communities.

Three new videos feature AGree Co-Chairs: Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, President and “CE-Yo” of Stonyfield Farm; Jim Moseley, former Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department ofAgriculture (USDA) under President George W. Bush and 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. The first in the micro-documentary series was released in May 2011 to coincide with the launch of AGree and featured AGree Co-Chair and former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman.

While the Co-Chairs have diverse backgrounds and perspectives on agriculture and food policies, they each express the need for a greater recognition of the widespread impact of food and agriculture in society and the role our food and agriculture system plays in other pressing issues such as environment, health, economy, energy and national security.

Click here to view the micro-documentaries.