Great event- well planned, good panelists, nice representation of local food businesses during the reception. Kudos to the planning team!
I felt that the moderator in the What's at Steak panel could have been better informed about how things like federal policy influence the discussion around industrial/conventional vs. mid-scale/organic agriculture. Tax subsidies strongly favor huge conventional agribusinesses, so it's not really a free market environment where consumers are making a 1:1 choice- conventionally grown food is artificially cheap. The moderator missed an opportunity to bring this major factor into the discussion. Also, given the title of this panel, I think the moderator missed a chance to talk about animal agriculture, especially when panelists make the argument that GMOs are environmentally friendly because corn-fed beef is "more efficient" than pastured beef.
Maybe more time for audience questions next time? Or a chance for people to text in questions and have someone vetting/choosing them?
Overall, great event and important questions for the business school to be addressing. Thanks.