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World Affairs Seminar 2020: Hunger in a World of Plenty

After a prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise: in 2016 an estimated 815 million around the world did not have access to enough food to meet basic nutritional needs. Hunger is particularly a problem in the developing world, where violent conflicts, economic crises, and weather-related catastrophes have wreaked havoc on both food production and availability. Yet hunger is also an issue in the United States, where 1 in 6 Americans find themselves dealing with food insecurity on any given day. Such global statistics are not due to lack of food. For the past twenty years, the rate of global food production has increased faster than the rate of global population growth. That means that there is more than 1 ½ times enough food to feed everyone on the globe. How can hunger continue to persist in such a world of plenty?

Resources & Further Reading 

The origin of crops

Where our food crops come from

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Is a Global Famine Coming?

CNN: “Coronavirus pandemic will cause global famines of ‘biblical proportions,’ UN warns”

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How did we end up here?

New York Review: “The Sickness in Our Food Supply”

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Farms gone digital

Salon: “From virtual farmers markets to CSA apps, farmers have gone digital to get produce to consumers”

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Taking it seriously

CNN: “It’s time to talk more seriously about the food supply”

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Disrupting the food supply

CNN: “What happens to our food supply if American farmers can’t farm?”

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VIDEO: American Experience

PBS: “The Man Who Tried to Feed the World: A Tale of Good Deeds and Unintended Consequences”

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Food insecurity is more than just hunger

FAO: “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” 2019.

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Aljazeera: “‘We’re facing a double pandemic’: UN body warns of ‘mega-famines'”

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Relieving Hunger

NYT: “‘As Hunger Swells, Food Stamps Become a Partisan Flash Point'”

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Urban Homesteading

Salon: “Raise chickens? Make preserves? Why Americans are flocking to urban homesteading activities”

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Food deserts

CNN: “Groceries were hard to find for millions. Now it’s getting even worse”

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Destroying Crops

[VIDEO] CNN: “‘Farmer had to destroy his crop amid food shortage fears'”

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WUWM: “Composting Pick-Up Pilots Going Strong In Milwaukee Area”

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TMJ4: “How a UW-Milwaukee micro-garden keeps hungry students fed with nourishing food”

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Community Supported Agriculture

[AUDIO] Wisconsin Public Radio: “As Food Supply Chain Breaks Down, Farm-To-Door CSAs Take Off”

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Victory Gardens

NYT: “Food Supply Anxiety Brings Back Victory Gardens”

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Innovative Solutions

Agricycle Global

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Seminar Video Recordings 

Introductory Workshop: Dr. Kelly Ottman

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Keynote #1: Neal Patel

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Keynote #2: Sherri Tussler

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Keynote #3: Jon Rubin

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Rotary District 6270 with Rotary Wheel

A Rotary District 6270 Initiative

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