Global Food Summit 2016: What You Need to Know about UC’s Sustainable Initiative For Ending World HungerBy Mariel Hemingway
Earlier this month, the University of California hosted an event called "The Global Food Summit: Sustainable Solutions." The keynote address was delivered by University of California President Janet Napolitano, the founder of the initiative which was started in 2014. It is aimed to address one of the most compelling concerns of our society in a sustainable manner: world hunger.
The University of California led by President Janet Napolitano launched the UC Global Food Initiative in 2015 to contribute to the pressing issues of world hunger and sustainable food supply, according to a press release. Their initiative is focused on sustainable food supply and translating it in such a way that can be easily adapted and applied by the university's students, staff and faculty across 10 University of California campuses in the US.
— UC Food Observer (@ucfoodobserver) May 6, 2016
In the Global Food Summit that happened on May 5 and 6, University of California staff, leaders and authority figures gathered together at the UC Irvine Student Center's Crystal Cove Auditorium and at the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering. The two-day event was dedicated to a discourse about ways to end hunger, effects of climate change and various other challenges, according to another release.
Some of the most memorable things that were highlighted during the event include:
1.) Food can nourish but modernization has made the process of acquiring and marketing it complex. It touches up on factors including technology, equity, economics, water and climate change.
2.) Food insecurity is becoming an increasing trend in the world.
3.) The food system can be changed to be more sustainable and environment-friendly if we all work together towards practices that all of us can benefit from the most.