The quest for food security can be the common thread that links the different challenges we face and helps build a sustainable future.José Graziano da Silva United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General
Food is the great connector. Through food we connect to soil, rain, sunlight, farmers, animals, ranchers, and truckers. Through our food we are in relationship with immigrant farmworkers, family and faith traditions, grocery store clerks, fossil fuels, agricultural policy, and the list goes on.
Consider the following: it takes 6.7 pounds of grains and forage and 52.8 gallons of water to produce a single quarter pound hamburger (*). Nearly 15% of U.S. households struggle to put enough food on the table (**). About half of all American children will receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at some point before age 20. Among African-American children, 90 percent will enroll in SNAP before age 20 (+).
Clearly, how we grow and transport our food and who has access to healthy food have a great deal to do with sustainability and environmental justice.Research We Support:
*JL Capper, Journal of Animal Science, December, 2011.
** "Household Food Security in United States, 2010." US Department Of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September 2011.
+ "Estimating the Risk of Food Stamp Use and Impoverishment during Childhood," Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Volume 163 (Number 11). November 2009.