Six months ago, an article in National Geographic predicted that 2017 could be a “pivotal one for the future of food.” One need only to take a quick survey around the world to see how varied and complex our current global food issues are.
In Mexico, sugar-laden diets have led to the highest rates of obesity in the world and diabetes has become the number one killer in that country. The world’s most populous country, China, is shifting its food security policy from one of preparing for basic survival during famine to one that focuses on how to provide a rising middle class with higher-protein diets and how to leverage technology to help meet this demand. In South Sudan, a young country plagued by war and drought, the United Nations formally declared famine in 2017 for the first time in over six years. Here in the United States, roughly fifty percent of all produce is thrown away; globally, that figure is about one-third, enough to feed two billion people.
According to Food and Agriculture Organization, food security is: “when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”
The Columbus Council on World Affairs invites you to join a dialogue about these and other topics as we consider the state of global food issues.
To help us put these critical topics into context, we welcome the following distinguished guest speakers to lead our discussion:
Fabien Robert is the Director of the Nestlé Food Quality Assurance Center in Dublin, Ohio.
Amie Heap is the Director of Health Policy, Education, and Alliances at the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute in Columbus, Ohio.