Tag Archives: Food Security
Chef Victor Albisu shows students that making healthy, nutrient-rich food choices doesn’t have to be a daunting task.
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.
By Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RDN, CD, FADA
President, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
For the second consecutive year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics had the honor today of co-hosting the Washington Post’s “Future of Food” forum in Washington, D.C. We co-hosted this inspiring and important event with the National Dairy Council and I had the pleasure of making opening remarks at the conference. Discussions ranged from technological innovations to make food more affordable and nutritious, to private-public partnerships that are leading the sustainable food movement in our country.
Achieving food security is vital to improving the health of our nation. It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that access to food is a basic and fundamental human right; the Academy and our 75,000 members in the U.S. and abroad are working diligently to help people be food-secure.
One in five children and one in 12 older adults are at risk for hunger in the U.S. That is why, every day, registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians help individuals and families to make informed choices about accessing nourishing food and develop practical strategies to feed their families adequately.
National Dairy Council (NDC), founded by America’s dairy farmers almost 100 years ago, has joined forces with Feeding America and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help fight hunger and promote healthy food choices for the nation’s 49 million citizens who are food insecure. As a part of this partnership, NDC is matching donations made in this week’s Feeding America Groupon to help ensure hungry individuals and families have food to eat during the holidays.
In fact, for every $11 raised by this Grassroots campaign, Feeding America can provide a family of four with food for two weeks. For every $21 raised, the organization can feed a family of four for one month.
Dairy Farmers Bill Siebenborn and Ryan Anglin discuss feeding a growing population
By Bill Siebenborn,
Missouri Dairy Farmer
I am from Missouri where farmers are trying to harvest what – if any – crops remain in their fields ravaged by the third worst drought in more than 130 years. As a dairy farmer, I came to Chicago, the “Bread Basket of the Country,” to join a complex discussion about feeding the world’s population. We face great challenges. The population is increasing. Another two billion will be in need of food by 2050. We will need to double our food production over the next 40 years. Yet today, there are one billion chronically hungry people in the world.
Key public figures and experts discuss food security in the 21st century at the Future of Food Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
As a registered dietitian, I have had the unique experience of working in a hospital, fitness center, and now supermarket to educate the public. Our role as nutrition professionals ranges from helping with prevention of chronic disease to managing it at every stage of the life cycle.
On July 16th I was honored to be part of the Future of Food: Food Security in the 21st Century–an event that brought thought leaders throughout Arizona together to discuss the issue of improving children’s health and nutrition, especially during the summer months. Many of the speakers shared innovative and exciting ideas about how to connect more people to agriculture and fresh food. One such program is the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free, nutritious meals to any child between the ages of 1-18. Good nutrition is important over the summer; students receive the opportunity to continue developing physically and socially and can return to class ready to learn.
Through my travel experiences, I have witnessed a disconnect among people and the food on their plates – many don’t know how their food originated, which is why farm to school initiatives are vital to nutrition education. We have a shared responsibility to provide nutritious food to our children in schools and to the growing population.
National Dairy Council was founded by dairy farmers almost a century ago and remains committed to helping ensure children have the best chance at leading healthy, productive lives. Help us out and support your local farmers by getting your child’s school involved in a farm to school initiative and visit the National Farm to School Network to find a program near you!
In a video interview, Lauren Bush Lauren shares her excitement about the “groundswell” of support on display at events like the Future of Food Conference, where diverse groups are joining together to make progress towards the goal of global food security.
Earlier today, a partnership was announced among Feeding America, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and National Dairy Council (founded by dairy farmers) to help fight hunger in America and promote healthy food choices. Hear more about this partnership directly from Elaine Waxman of Feeding America and dairy farmer Ray Prock.