Highlights from the ‘Food Security’ summit

A crisis point for access to food

Millions are overweight. Millions are malnourished. Washington Post Live convened experts to confront problems connected with the food supply.

On June 14, panelists at the Washington Post Live event discussed the future of the food supply. Full articles and video clips can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/foodsecurity. Articles are also available in the June 20th Washington Post newspaper in section H.

Following is the highlights of the summit as mentioned by the Washington Post:

“There was an air of urgency in the room; more than one speaker noted how food insecurity can foster political instability — the kind the scares career politicians.

In fact, a number of politicians, career or otherwise, took part in the food security summit, including U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who had some insightful things to say about why Americans are not embracing an agricultural lifestyle in the 21st century.

The special reports includes the following:

* Author Jonathan Bloom’s story on food waste and the innovative companies and cities that are dealing with it.

* FoodCorps co-founder and vegetable farmer Debra Eschmeyer’sessay on meeting the challenge issued by Prince Charles last year during the first Future of Food summit .

* AGree executive director Deborah Atwood’s essay looks at the institutions and industries that may need to be reexamined if we are to feed the Earth’s 9 billion inhabitants in 2050.

* A story on DC Central Kitchen’s attempt to fight food insecurity in Washington’s low-income neighborhoods.”

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