The nation’s largest environmental consumer event is returning to Washington, D.C., this weekend — and the Chesapeake Bay Journal will be there.

I’ll be moderating a panel discussion at the event on the intersection of food and environment, on how the two — especially in the Chesapeake Bay region — are inextricably linked. Here's what we'll be discussing:

Food as a catalyst for environmental discussions

Whether it’s oysters at a happy hour or a box of produce at the farmers market, food can be an incredible gateway into discussing the world around us. This panel will look to connect the dots from the food we eat to the environment from which it came — and how one deeply impacts the other. We’ll see how local chefs and farmers can’t seem to ignore the impact of their food choices on the environment and hear how they’re conveying that message to everyday eaters. #foodenviro (panel hashtag for Twitter.)

And who's on the panel:

As a staff writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal and a freelance journalist, I am often writing about — or switching gears between — the subjects of food and the environment. It may be obvious to you that the two worlds are linked, that the seafood you select at a restaurant could have implications for the waterway from which it came and that where we live and the condition of the soil has a huge impact on what we eat and when (or at least it probably should). But it’s certainly worth a hearty discussion. I’m eager to hear what the panelists have to say on this front as we delve into their stories about working alongside farmers, chefs, shoppers and the underserved and how each group views the intersection of food and the environment.

And now, how to get free passes to this event! Bay Journal readers can go to this link and use the promo code DCGFSPEAK13 to get a free pass for the festivities on Sept. 21 & 22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C. If you attend, come find me and say hello. Our panel will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, Stage A. View a full schedule of the D.C. events here.

I hope to see you there!