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Seedstock CEO Robert Puro to Discuss “The Future on Your Plate” at Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, CA

March 29, 2017 |

If you’re going to be in the Los Angeles area on April 7, 2017, please join Robert Puro of Seedstock in a discussion of “The Future on Your Plate” as part of the First Fridays series at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.


Date: April 7, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles – 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Discussion Topic: It’s unlikely we’d trade the allure of crunchy, salty, tasty food for a single, daily capsule. But with climate change and drought, what choices will we have? Can technology keep us fed, if farm-to-table becomes lab-to-table? If you know your sci-fi, you know the future of food is a little pill.


Robert Puro is the CEO and Co-founder of Seedstock, LLC. In 2011, he launched, creating a news and informational resource to promote and connect farmers, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and researchers involved in fostering the development of sustainable local food and agriculture systems. To further educate and engage future farmers and entrepreneurs and encourage the growth of a sustainable agriculture marketplace, Puro established the Seedstock Sustainable Ag Innovation Conference, which is now in its fifth year. Puro and Seedstock also provide senior consultancy services surrounding local food systems to industry and government bodies including the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the City of Riverside, CA. Puro is a graduate of Columbia University and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Josh Schonwald is an award-winning journalist who has specialized in researching the future of food and agriculture for the past decade.  He was a consulting editor for IFT’s FutureFood 2050 website, and is a consulting producer on the forthcoming documentary, Food Evolution. Schonwald’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post,, and the Evanston-based writer is the author of The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food — a critically-acclaimed look at the trends and technologies that could reshape the future of agriculture. In addition to writing, Schonwald frequently discusses the future of food on radio and television programs in the United States and internationally. He has appeared on NPR’s On Point, Science Friday, and the National Geographic documentary, The Story of Food. Although he’s at the mid-point of what he hopes will be a long career, Schonwald accepts that no matter what he does he’ll likely always be known as “the guy who ate the Frankenburger.” In August of 2013 in London, Schonwald took a bite out of the world’s first in vitro hamburger; a five-ounce piece of meat grown from cow stem cells in a Dutch lab at the cost of $330,000.


Patt Morrison is a Los Angeles writer and newspaper columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. She has won six Emmys and eleven Golden Mike awards for her work hosting public television and radio programs. She also hosted the nationally syndicated television program “The Book Show with Patt Morrison,” and her seminal nonfiction book “Rio LA, Tales from the Los Angeles River” was a best-seller. Her writing appears in both fiction and nonfiction anthologies. And Pink’s, the legendary Hollywood hot dog stand, named its vegetarian hot dog “The Patt Morrison Baja Veggie Dog” in her honor.

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