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Many Americans are unsure of where their next meal is coming from. Additionally, many populations are overweight and undernourished due to availability of quality, nutritious food.
Several panels of speakers — from dairy producers to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — gathered in Washington, D.C., at a Future of Food event sponsored by Washington Post Live and National Dairy Council to discuss how to continue feeding the world’s ever-growing population and dairy’s essential role in the cause.
Here’s a roundup of highlights, tweets, photos and stories — including photos of celebrity chef Victor Albisu, who was on hand to teach a group of Fuel Up to Play 60 students how to build healthier meals — from the event and the #thinkfood social conversation.
Our current global food system leaves almost 870 million people hungry each day. That’s why America’s dairy farmers remain committed to helping solve not only our nation’s hunger issues, but those faced by people across the globe.
“It will be America’s farmers who will be responsible for feeding a growing population,” Tom Gallagher, CEO of National Dairy Council, said today at a Future of Food event in Washington, D.C. “America’s farmers are ready to meet the challenge, and we encourage the rest of the world to meet that challenge as well.”
In order to feed a growing population, global food production will need to increase by over 60 percent over the next 40 years, Gallagher said in a blog post published today on the Chicago Council of Global Affairs website.
Future of Food Partnership: $100,000 grant program designed to support nutrition education and increase access to dairy and other nutrient-rich foods.
By Brian Medeiros
Medeiros & Son Dairy
As I sit here in my GPS-guided, electronically-controlled tractor on a Saturday morning, I cannot help but think about how far agriculture and dairy farming has come in the last 20 years.
I remember when I was kid going out in the mornings to feed the calves, and coming home after school excited to help Dad finish up his chores. It was all manual labor and it was all part of an honest day’s work. Records were kept on paper by hand, and cows were fed with pitch forks and buckets. Field work was done by sight, and irrigation borders were determined by taking paces through the rows of growing feed.
Water is a precious and versatile resource on dairy farms. Because dairy farmers are vigilant stewards of the land, they remain conscious of how they utilize water, ensuring it is done in the smartest and most sustainable ways possible.
This natural resource is not just provided to cows as a refreshing drink, it also is used in other ways, such as chilling milk at the farm.
Because milk leaves a cow’s body at 101 degrees, water is used in a cooling system in the farm’s milking parlor to quickly chill it to about 38 degrees, assuring its continued freshness from the farm to your refrigerator.
Al Roker isn’t just a pro when it comes to forecasting the weather, he’s now an expert in feeding dairy calves as well.
America’s favorite weather guru took to a Tennessee dairy farm today as part of a “Wake Up with Al” contest in which three families across the country were selected to host the weatherman in their hometown.
So what did Roker learn during his visit to Hatcher Family Dairy?
Barb and Ernie Hanselman never believed in forcing any of their children into following their footsteps. But there never was any doubt their sons would represent their farm’s next generation.
2013 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards: Small changes are delivering big benefits to our people, our communities and our planet – that is the heritage and ongoing commitment of dairy farmers.
For Doug Young and dairy farmers alike, caring for the land and continuing to evolve stewardship and sustainability practices are crucial to feeding the world’s growing population.
As part of his farm’s efforts to become more sustainable, Young – a partner at Spruce Haven Farm in New York – is utilizing an innovative, online tool called Farm Smart that is being developed to help dairy farmers reduce their environmental footprint while identifying new sources of savings and revenue.
Sustainability isn’t just a buzz word for dairy farmers, it’s something ingrained in their everyday lives. From farmers to producers to local grocers, the dairy industry remains vital to our nation.