A bold new voice in the fight for health-based agriculture, alleviating hunger and poverty, stemming the tide of obesity, and improving nutrition and environmental sustainability [www.FoodTank.org]
There’s no doubt that the food system is broken. More than 1 billion
people are obese, nearly 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night,
and at least 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.
We need solutions—from schools and hospitals to fields and forests and
from boardrooms to parliaments. Food Tank: The Food Think Tank [www.FoodTank.org],
founded by food and agriculture experts Ellen Gustafson and Danielle
Nierenberg, is a bold new voice in bringing attention to these crucial
issues. Food Tank, which launches on January 10, will help propel change
by fostering the growing community of voices on food issues. Watch the
trailer here: www.FoodTank.org.
Co-founders Gustafson and Nierenberg each have a vast network of followers and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to Food Tank: The Food Think Tank. On January 10, their highly anticipated and latest endeavor will be marked with the launch of the Food Tank website (www.FoodTank.org).
The site will be a heavily interactive global resource for food and
agriculture related issues and a home base for connecting those involved
in the food system, from producers and consumers to policy-makers and
Roughly a half-century after the Green Revolution—the first systematic,
large-scale attempt to reduce poverty and hunger throughout the world—a
large share of the human family is still chronically without food,
reliable income, and access to education. And over the last 30 years,
the western food system has been built to promote over-consumption of a
few consolidated commodities and has failed to be the harbinger of
health as it spreads around the world. The epidemic of obesity, in
industrialized and developing countries alike, is increasing the risks
of diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, and other maladies.
In addition, we waste vast amounts of food—more than one third of all
food worldwide is wasted, or 1.3 billion tons annually. In the
developing world, roughly 40 percent of all food goes to waste as a
result of pests, disease, and improper storage.
Food Tank is planning a 2013 Change the Food System summit, conducting
on-the-ground research both domestically and internationally, preparing
research reports and books, highlighting road maps for sustainable
agricultural systems, and building an innovations database. And the Food
Tank website will be posting new research and insights daily.
If we start now, there is an opportunity to develop a better vision for
the global food system. Fixing the system requires changing the
conversation and finding ways that make food production—and
consumption—more economically, environmentally, and socially just and
The solutions, both big and small, are out there—in market garden
projects in rural Niger, on rooftop gardens in Vietnam, at research
institutes in Taiwan, and in individual communities all over the world.
Unfortunately, these projects are not getting the attention and the
investment they need. This needs to change. Food Tank: the Food Think Tank, launching January 10, is prepared to take on that challenge!