Many events celebrating food and agriculture are taking place around the world during the month of October. October 16 is World Food Day. This year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is using World Food Day to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers with its theme “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the earth.”
On October 17, eminent plant scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, will be awarded the 2014 World Food Prize for his scientific research that led to a prodigious increase in world wheat production – by more than 200 million tons – building upon the successes of the Green Revolution.
These events and celebrations bring much-needed awareness to the issues of food poverty and the challenge facing our world’s farmers to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050.
Here are links to some online resources that can help tell this important story:
Infographics – BIO’s Infographic library on Pinterest
Infographics – GMO Answers “GMO Fact vs Fiction” Pinterest page
Film – Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary, Farmland, is now available to stream on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. Farmland will be available exclusively on the platform for four weeks – providing viewers with the opportunity to stream Farmland from their connected TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
Infographic and Video – Bringing Your Food From Farm to Table: Have you ever wondered how your food came to be produced the way it is today? From the field to your table, a lot has changed – and improved – since farming first began, for both farmers and consumers.
Videos – The Alliance to Feed the Future video library
Video – World Without Food Science™ is a public education campaign created by the Institute of Food Technologists to generate awareness of the role that food science plays in ensuring a nutritious, safe and abundant food supply. This awareness initiative is designed to help the public understand where their food comes from so they can make informed decisions about the food they eat every day. As part of this effort, IFT provides practical consumer tips at www.iftfoodfacts.org.
Interactive Q&A – October is “Get to Know GMOs” Month! Consumers are making a conscious effort to get to know more about how their food is grown – planting gardens, going to farmers markets, and searching online for answers. This month GMO Answers (www.GMOAnswers.com) invites the public to “Get to Know GMOs”— to ask their toughest questions and join the conversation.
Infographic – Family Farmers…Feeding the world, caring for the earth: Family farming is inextricably linked to national and global food security. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector. Family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities, and it is linked to several areas of rural development.
Infographic – FAO Hunger Map 2014
Video – PBS Newshour produced a news video on Golden Rice. The 8-minute video explains that Vitamin A deficiency is a deadly threat to kids and pregnant mothers in the Third World. In the Philippines, the best nutrient sources are rarely part of the daily diet, so researchers have tried adding vitamin A to rice, a staple food. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien investigates the debate that’s grown up over the development of Golden Rice, a genetically modified crop and the challenges being faced by Golden Rice’s researchers.
Video – Food by the Numbers: Feeding Our Hungry Planet: By 2050, the world’s population will likely increase 35 percent. But is growing more food the only option—or even the best? National Geographic investigates the challenges and solutions to feeding everyone on our planet, based on an eight-month series in National Geographic magazine.
Interactive Borlaug Centennial Map – In honor of Norman E. Borlaug, Founder of the World Food Prize and 1970 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, tell us how you’ll help feed the world. Click on a city to view the responses or fill out the form below to share your own actions to help feed the world. Click here to view a few ideas of ways you can make an impact!