AGree releases animated video

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AGree is a a coalition of foundations seeking to identify the most critical issues facing the global food and agriculture system through a collaborative process that challenges leaders from diverse communities, build consensus around solutions.

The organization this week launched a short animated video describing AGree's origins, principles and plans for a food and agriculture system that meets future demand for food while conserving and enhancing water, soil, and habitat; improving nutrition and public health; and strengthening farms and communities to improve livelihoods.

AGree AGree is a diverse group seeking consensus on agricultural and food issues toward common goals, and its four co-chairs reflect that diversity. The co-chairs include Dan Glickman, who served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 to 2001, Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer, Jim Moseley, who served as Deputy Secretary of USDA from 2001 to 2005 and Emmy Simmons, who spent 30 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development including three years as Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade.

Foundation partners backing the AGree initiative comprise an influential group with access to substantial resources, including:

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation
  • The Ford Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • The Surdna Foundation
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • The McKnight Foundation
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Walton Family Foundation  
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation

View the new video from AGree.

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shaun evertson    
Nebraska  |  October, 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

You've got to be kidding me. Why do I feel like I've heard this all before? Oh, yeah, because I have. About every two years since 1970. While these wonderful leftists jockey to gain control of the lives of their fellow humans, what have the fat, lazy, murderous farmers and ranchers been doing? They've been feeding the world without a problem or complaint. Opera non verba. Deeds, not words.

In a drought  |  October, 25, 2013 at 01:53 PM

Sounds perfect for the low information crowd which, when it comes to agriculture, includes all the rich folks on the list of "partners"

real farmer    
October, 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Well, I looked at the video and then I read over some of the other stuff linked from this site. Little more than a bunch of feelgood wishful dreaming cloaked in thick bureaucratic mumbojumbo. The video is a severely dumbed down version of same (insulting to our intelligence, really, unless you are a 2 year old). It says nothing, implies everything, generally blows a big dose of sunshine up our skirts. This obviously is a new tactic from the anti-agriculture crowd to trick us into letting the fox into the hen house. Gary Hirshberg can go soak his head in a vat of yogurt. He and his cronies do not have the first good idea what it takes to really feed people across the globe. They do know a thing or two about food snobbery though, and that seems to set the lofty goals AGREE keeps subtly yammering on and on about. They must be counting on some heretofore unknown magic to materialize and transform our planet into one big warm fuzzball, complete with birds chirping happily and squirrels gamboling playfully in the foreground. Oh, and lots and lots of blissfully ignorant humans amusing themselves with nonstop stoop labor in the fields. All of us, you and me, chopping away with long handle hoes to feed the elites -- what a charming fantasy.

October, 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

This is not the only group trying to lead production agriculture to food Nirvana. The recommendations of all such groups will be based on "science" - their science. I think we need to exercise healthy skepticism here because I am not sure if the true goal of such organizations is to increase food production with fewer resources and reduced environmental impact (modern agriculutre has been doing this for decades) or to control how and what food is produced and distributed. As far as the video goes, I wish they needed to apply for an NDPES permit prior to discharging such "fertilizer."

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