Friday, September 26, 2014

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Globally, nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, suffered from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012 (UN Food & Agriculture Organization/UNFAO). Most live in developing countries, but 16 million reside in developed countries, a surprising increase after steady decreases in the 1990s. While economic progress helped reduce hunger in Asia and Latin America, Africa’s undernourished grew to nearly one in four people (UNFAO 2012). Looking closer to home, how are race, poverty and food security related? Are sustainability and food security connected, and if so, how? According to the USDA, nearly one-fourth of African-American and Hispanic households and over 11% of white households suffered from food insecurity in 2012 (USDA Economic Research Service, 9/2013). Learn more about how food policies and production affect the food we all bring to our table.

This is the companion to the Office for Equity and Diversity's Critical Conversations about Diversity and Social Justice series at the University of Minnesota. Co-sponsored by the University Libraries.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check out some of the highlighted resources.

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The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment

A Country with No Water

TED Talk

The Other Inconvenient Truth

TED Talk

Recommended Resources

Reports from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States


  • Laura Bloomberg, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota