Dennis T. Avery is Director of Global Food Issues at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Hudson, he served for nearly a decade as Senior Agricultural Analyst with the U.S. Department of State, where he received the national Intelligence Medal of Achievement.

Avery wrote the landmark report for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Food and Fiber, Food and Fiber for the Future. He was the lead witness for the Senate Agriculture Committee on the 1996 farm bill.

Avery’s book, Saving the Planet With Pesticides and Plastic: The Environmental Triumph of High-Yield Farming, urgently recommends high-yield farming to save room for wildlands, and has sold more than 25,000 copies. Avery grew up on a Michigan dairy farm and holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin.