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Farm to Table International Symposium Announces Keynote Speaker

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Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower will deliver the keynote speech.

| June 6, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - The organizers of the first annual Farm to Table International Symposium (F2Ti) announced former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower as a keynote speaker.

 
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, “Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow,” Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the “Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.”
 
F2Ti will take place Aug. 2-4, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and will feature the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. F2Ti will explore the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally. Topics will include farming and aquaculture, fisheries, sustainability, social and digital interactive media, food security and safety, food law and policy, food science and GMO, artisanal and slow food and drink, and fair trade.
 
Hightower has long been a champion of the farm to table movement, recently telling a group of Texas legislators to “jump on the Texas Farm-To-Table Caucus like gators on a poodle.” The caucus was formed recently to focus on issues relating to Texas family farms, ranches and coastal fishing operations as well as distributors and consumers of their goods.
 
Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, and he has become a leading national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find themselves within shouting distance of the Washington and Wall Street powers at the top.
 
Hightower is a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, spreading the message of progressive populism all across the American grassroots.
 
A popular public speaker who is fiery and funny, he is a populist road warrior who delivers more than 100 speeches a year to all kinds of groups.
 
He is a New York Times best-selling author, and has written seven books including, “Thieves In High Places: They've Stolen Our Country And It's Time To Take It Back;” “If the Gods Had Meant Us To Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates;” and “There's Nothing In the Middle Of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos.” His newspaper column is distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate.
 
Hightower frequently appears on television and radio programs, bringing a hard-hitting populist viewpoint that rarely gets into the mass media. In addition, he works closely with the alternative media, and in all of his work he keeps his ever-ready Texas humor up front, practicing the credo of an old Yugoslavian proverb: "You can fight the gods and still have fun."
 
F2Ti is produced by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in partnership with the SoFAB Institute and will occur annually coinciding with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Annual Expo. To register, or for more information about the First Annual Farm to Table International Symposium, please visit f2t-int.com.
 

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