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.
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- Full Planet, Empty Plates
- Rebuilding the Foodshed
- Fair Food: Growing a healthy, sustainable food system for all
- The Atlas of Food: Who Eats What, Where, and Why
- Food Security
- World Food Security: A History Since 1945
- Food, Globalization, and Sustainability
Big Question: Feast or famine?The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment
A Country with No WaterTED Talk
The Other Inconvenient TruthTED Talk
- Prevalence of U.S. Food Insecurity Is Related to Changes in Unemployment, Inflation, and the Price of Food,by Mark Nord, Alisha Coleman-Jensen, and Christian Gregory. Economic Research Report No. (ERR-167) June 2014
- A Five-Step Plan to Feed the World, by Jonathan Foley, National Geographic
- Solutions for a Cultivated Planet, by Jonathan Foley et. al., Nature Volume 478, 2011
- Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People,by H. Charles J. Godray et.al., Science Volume 327, Number 5967, 2010
- Achieving food and environmental security: new approaches to close the gap,by G.M. Poppy et. al., Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, 2014
Reports from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States www.fao.org
- Pakou Hang, Executive Director, Hmong American Farmers Association
- William (Will) Hueston, University of Minnesota Professor of Veterinary Population Medicine, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety
- David Nicholson, Executive Director, Headwaters Foundation
- Okey Ukaga, University of Minnesota Extension Professor and Executive Director, Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
- Laura Bloomberg, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota