Panelists at the 2015 James Beard Foundation Conference, clockwise from top: 1) Leah Jones and Mike Lee. 2) Monterey School District’s Stephanie Lip. 3) Tulane’s Tim Harlan, MD, in conversation with Duke University’s Gary Bennett, MD. 4) Fortune journalist Beth Kowitt chats with Campbell’s CEO Denise Solomon.
Early on in Day 1 of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Conference (subtitled “Rethinking the Future of Food”), the moderator asked a question that could have served as a thesis statement for discussion that followed: “What’s the future you WANT to create? Can we co-create a meal of the future that we can attain?”
Panelists drawn from all segments of the food industry — physicians, activists, nutritionists, entrepreneurs and CEOs, among others — spent the day answering variations on that question. What follows are some (very selective) highlights.