Mapping Food Insecurity

UNITED STATES A new interactive map shows the percentage of food-insecure residents in every county and congressional district in the United States. (The Plate, Nat Geo) Use our resources to better understand the “Paradox of Undernourishment.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including a link to the “Map the Meal Gap” and today’s MapMaker Interactive map of undernourishment around the world. … Continue reading Mapping Food Insecurity

Google Science Fair Winners

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Food for Thought

FOOD No one on the planet should go hungry. The world’s farmers actually grow more calories than the World Food Programme recommendation for a healthy diet. In most places, the challenge is access. (National Geographic News) Read a version of this article on our site, explore undernourishment data from around the world with MapMaker Interactive, and check out our Food Education collection, providing resources for … Continue reading Food for Thought

Finger-Lickin’ Grub

FOOD Finger-Lickin’ Grub The United Nations has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition, and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: Insects. In a new report, the Food and Agriculture Organization hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants, and other members of the insect world as an underutilized food for people, livestock, and pets. Discussion Ideas: In its new … Continue reading Finger-Lickin’ Grub

Food for Thought




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Former MWW staffer Sara Rossi returns with more jottings from the World Affairs Council Conference, held March 11-12 in San Francisco.

One topic that was a central focus at the World Affairs Conference was food. The issues addressed ranged from world hunger, the global food crisis, and agricultural sustainability to the local food movement, obesity, and rising health care costs associated with nutrition-related diseases. Today, I’ll focus on the first half of these issues in the global context.

Did you know that one billion people in the world suffer from malnutrition? Or that only 8% of malnutrition is due to war and natural disaster, while 92% is due to chronic poverty?

Did you know that in 2008 more food was produced than ever before–enough to feed 11 billion people–but that more people went hungry in 2008 than ever before?

As dire as these statistics may sound, there are promising initiatives striving to decrease suffering and create global food equity.

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