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Creating a Sustainable Food Chain from Farm to Fork

January 31, 2012


Please join the Wagner Food Policy Alliance in welcoming Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods, and Carolyn Dimitri, Professor of Food Studies at Steinhardt for a lively conversation on organics, ethical supply chain management and the role of institutions, such as Whole Foods, in supporting a sustainable food chain.

Discussion, 6:30-8 PM / Reception, 8-9 PM

Walter Robb, Co-CEO, joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 operating the Mill Valley, CA store until he became president of the Northern Pacific Region in 1993 where he grew the region from two to 17 stores. He became Executive Vice-President of Operations in 2000, Chief Operating Officer in 2001 and Co-President in 2004. Now as Co-CEO, Robb oversees six regions and is on the Whole Planet Foundation Board of Directors. An avid organic advocate, Robb is on the Advisory Board for the Organic Center for Education and Promotion. He is also on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific.

Carolyn Dimitri is an applied economist interested in food issues, which includes organic food, local foods, and the economic history of food marketing institutions. Prior to joining the Food Studies faculty at NYU Steinhardt as a Research Associate Professor, she worked as a senior economist at the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture for 12 years. Along with collaborators, she has obtained grants to study retailer and intermediary behavior regarding organic marketing and procurement practices, and urban agriculture around the US. Other recent work includes an analysis of regional food hubs across the country. Dr. Dimitri earned her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a BA in Economics from the University at Buffalo. She blogs at

When: February 16, 2012 | 6:30-9:00p
The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604 map

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