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Crusonia Conversations is a series of free virtual events – with top industry leaders and experts in Food, Health, Agriculture and the Economy. This series will be moderated by professional journalist Sarah Mock. Each event will be a 20-minute discussion with the conversation partners, followed by a live Q&A where everyone is invited to join in the conversation.

Want to be a part of the next conversation? Be sure to sign up for our next event on August 12, 2020, “Food is Health: More than a Gut Feeling.”

July 29, 2020 – Erin Fitzgerald & Rob Dongoski

Rob Dongoski, Partner and Food & Agriculture Leader, Ernst & Young, is joined by Erin Fitzgerald, CEO, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action, for an in-depth discussion on food transparency and sustainability in the time of COVID-19.


June 24, 2020 – Matt Crisp & Leslie Bonci

Benson Hill CEO, Matt Crisp is joined by Leslie Bonci, Dietitian for the Kansas City Chiefs for an in-depth discussion on the importance of improving the nutritional quality of our food system from plant to plate. Matt and Leslie discuss how the greatest food challenges we currently face are about nutritional quality not supply. They discuss how this is improved from the ground up with crops specifically designed to be more nutritious and personal practices that can lead to better food choices and overall improvements in health and well-being. 



May 27, 2020 – Dr. Robert Lustig

Our second Crusonia Conversations featured Dr. Robert Lustig with Carter Williams. Dr. Lustig has fostered a global discussion of metabolic health and nutrition, exposing some of the leading myths that underlie the current pandemic of diet-related disease. He believes the food business, by pushing processed food loaded with sugar, has hacked our bodies and minds to pursue pleasure instead of happiness; fostering today’s epidemics of addiction and depression. Yet by focusing on real food, we can beat the odds against sugar, processed food, obesity, and disease.


April 29, 2020 – Tyler Cowen

Our first conversation partners were with esteemed economist, Tyler Cowen, and iSelect Fund CEO and Managing Partner, Carter Williams, who discussed the Coronavirus and how this pandemic relates to and directly impacts the future of Food and Health.


Remember, you can always spark the conversation anytime on social media! Be sure to follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn and be sure to use the hashtag #crusoniaconversations so we can follow along.