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How do we get better food in our schools?

According to FoodCorps, only 2% of children eat enough fruits and vegetables. Kids in the south suffer from very high rates of obesity. 1 in 3 children born in 2000 are on track to develop type II diabetes and 50% of children of color are expected to develop diabetes during their lifetimes. That's an astounding number.

So how do we fix this? Debra Eschmeyer of FoodCorps (and speaker at California Roots, Global Reach) says we start with the schools.

Watch her video to see how:


Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM
  • Author: Marissa Palin

Food insecurity and violent conflict

Check out this great paper by the World Food Programme (WFP), discussing the link between food insecurity and violent conflict. What are the effects of food security on political, social, and demographic conflicts? How does food security contribute to political stability? And most importantly, what can the international community do to assist in breaking this link and build peace?

To read the report, click on the attached file below.

From the report: 

Food insecurity – especially when caused by a rise in food prices – is a threat and impact multiplier for violent conflict. It might not be a direct cause and rarely the only cause, but combined with other factors,for example in the political or economic spheres, it could be the factor that determines whether and when violent conflicts will erupt. Changes in food security, rather than levels of food insecurity, are probably most influential. Food insecurity is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for violent conflict. Food price stabilization measures and safety nets are critical instruments to prevent violent conflict. Food assistance can contribute to peace building, restore trust in governments and rebuild social capital.


Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 4:11 PM
  • Author: Marissa Palin

How Do We Sustainably Feed 8 Billion People by 2025?

Will farmers markets become the new Ralphs?
Some of us spent our weekend in the garden or at the farmers market, obsessing over our fresh produce that will get us through the week. Some of us went to bed last night dreaming about a Frostie from Wendy’s and fries from McDonald’s. Still, others of us spent the weekend trying to make ends meet and scraping together barely enough food to feed our families. Bottom line – food is something we all have in common. It’s a universal language. Whether we pride ourselves on eating local and organic, constantly find ourselves in the fast food lines, or stress about how to feed our families each day, food joins us all together.

All 6, almost 7, billion of us.

But what happens when there are 8 billion of us? Will more and more of us spend our weekends trying to scrape together enough food? Will more and more of us start our own gardens and obsess over our fresh produce? Will farmers markets become the new Ralphs? Will we have enough water to feed ourselves? Will we have enough land? How do we sustainably feed 8 billion people by 2025?

“We’re going to have to produce more food in the next 40 years than we have the last 10,000. Some people say we’ll just add more land or more water. But we’re not going to (be able to) do much of either,” says William Lesher, former USDA chief economist.

This is a global issue. But as Californian's and residents of the world’s top agricultural producer, what is our role in meeting these challenges? On April 9, 2013, producers, geo-politicists, ethicists, economists, humanists and many others from around the world will come together to discuss the challenges surrounding our global food systems at the UCANR Statewide Conference: Global Food Systems Forum. 

The Global Food Systems Forum will feature Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and president of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, and Wes Jackson, founder and president of The Land Institute, as the keynote speakers. The program will include a Global Panel, discussing key issues such as resource limitations, ethnical quandaries, climate change, responsibilities, etc. A California Panel will also take place, tackling issues such as California responsibilities, productivity, policies, markets and research.

But this conversation isn’t just about UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. It’s about all of us. We all need to take a stand and advocate for our food. If you watch what you eat, you should join the conversation. If you love what you eat, you should join the conversation. If you worry about how you will eat in the future, you should join the conversation.

The public is invited to participate in this one-day event via a live online webcast. You can also join the ongoing conversation on twitter by following the hashtag #Food2025. Make your voice heard. Stand up for your food, and help shape our future global food systems.

Learn more about the Global Food Systems Forum and register to watch the live webcast at

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM
  • Author: Marissa Palin

Jim Harkness Discusses Access to Food and Land

Jim Harkness, President of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, discusses fair access to food and land and the issue of land grabbing. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM
  • Author: Marissa Palin

9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM
  • Author: Jennifer Rindahl

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