Clubs and Organizations
February 24, 2013
Strengthening the nutrition safety net for seniors
Eileen Hyde, Manager of Program Capacity, Feeding America
The (in)efficiency of the American food system
Scott Cooney, Publisher, EatDrinkBetter.com
The American food system is vast, immensely productive, and dramatically inefficient. America's variety of climatic zones means we can grow everything from winter root veggies to tropical fruits, pretty much year round. So it's not that we can't afford to feed our seniors and the hungry.
Yet, hunger remains. Companies that market genetically engineered foods (GMO) claim that the solution is in technology, and that through GMO foods, we can feed the world. But America feeds its 315 million citizens and does a fair bit of exporting, too, to the tune of $150 billion in goods. So if it's not the quantity, and it's not the price, then what is the cause of food deserts and the lack of access to healthy food for the hungry? READ MORE