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Stanford Experts Gather For ‘Food Summit’

Publication Date: 
November 04, 2010
The Stanford Daily
Elizabeth Titus

Professor Barton H. "Buzz" Thompson, Jr., is mentioned in the following Stanford Daily article on Stanford's "Food Summit," an event aimed at sparking discussions on food at Stanford:

Behind the lunch at Arrillaga Alumni Center on Wednesday–vegan squash patties with tomato chutney, smoked Alaskan salmon, wheat berry and rice salad–was an event medical professor Chris Gardner believes was unprecedented: the gathering of experts from all seven of Stanford’s schools to talk, well, food.

Gardner, a medical school professor, organized the “food summit” to prod interdisciplinary discussion of “some of the nation’s and the planet’s most challenging and important crises” and their implications for environment, health, industry and policy. But beyond the day’s agenda, which attracted 350 attendees, the event offered a snapshot of a maturing sustainable food movement at Stanford, where students’ interest has been on a steady upward climb for much of the last decade.


Politics weighed on the minds of some Stanford experts on Wednesday, a day after midterm elections signaled a Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives. Political science professor Rob Reich Ph.D. ‘98, who taught the Sophomore College course “Food and Politics” in 2008, and law professor Buzz Thompson J.D. ‘76 both spoke on Wednesday, Thompson focusing on farm bill reform. The initial “basic issue” of the election results set to influence agricultural policy, Reich said, will be the new Republican chairperson of the House Agriculture Committee.