The epidemic has sent a world famine, but now the war in Ukraine is exacerbating the problem. Because Russia and Ukraine both account for 30% of the world’s wheat exports, most of the world’s food is lost.
Now one of the nation’s top leaders is trying to address some of these problems with a $ 105 million plan to improve food security, increase nutritious and healthy nutrition, and promote sustainability. making food in ways that will not harm the world.
Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, said the event was the largest food event in Rockefeller’s history. Over the next three years, the Good Food Strategy aims to ensure that 40 million people around the world have access to healthy and sustainable food.
“Because of climate change, food prices have been higher in a decade, even before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine once again depleted the world’s food supply.
According to the industry and other experts, the way the world produces and eats food is causing people and the earth to decline. So it came up with a new strategy that aims to change the mindset from increasing the amount of food to improving its quality.
Rockefeller aims not only to increase access to nutritious and healthy food but also to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the food system and increase opportunities for small food businesses to thrive. to enter.
The site has a number of new ways to achieve those goals. For example, he plans to:
– Encourage doctors to prescribe fruits and vegetables instead of medicines if necessary because it can be more effective and convenient. Ten health insurance companies are working with Rockefeller to test the concept.
– Pay for healthy meals in schools, hospitals, prisons, and other government offices.
– Help farmers change their practices in ways that reduce carbon emissions from the air after they dig up the soil.
– Separate small and medium -sized food businesses to separate advertisers and avoid supply chain problems.
The campaign is based on one of the most philanthropic movements, the Green Revolution of the 1960s.
Rockefeller sponsored technology that helped produce food as a way to alleviate hunger in the world’s poorest countries. However, it lacks consistency and balance. That’s the work today is planned to be fixed, said founders.
Barron Segar, president of the World Food Program USA, agreed that now was the time. Rockefeller is offering a $ 3.3 million project in 2021 to provide food supplies for school food programs in Africa.
“We’re facing a huge challenge that we’ve seen with regard to food safety,” Segar said. “There are 811 million people today who don’t have good food, and they don’t know where their new food will come from. They’re starving.”
Last year, Rockefeller published a report examining all the ways in which food systems in the United States affect health, the environment, biodiversity, and lives. It is estimated that the United States will pay about $ 1.1 trillion in the cost of producing, producing, selling, and selling food by 2019. But if other costs are included, as a result of the food system’s impact on climate change, the cost is $ 3.2 trillion. a year.
Some of Rockefeller’s offerings are fulfilling some of the ideas that are part of the Good Food Tradition.
FoodCorps, which received at least $ 500,000 from the foundation last year for its work to provide healthy food to children in school, has had a stake in overhauling food policy. .
In California, FoodCorps supported the adoption of Free Food Schools for all legislation last year. And in Connecticut, the nonprofit has helped the state implement its first agricultural donation program to the school, which will increase local food supply to school meals, giving teachers the resources to teach students. about food, and maintaining relationships with farmers and producers.
Rockefeller is also working with Kaiser Permanente, a health care organization, on its Food as Medicine program. The joint venture of more than $ 2 million will go to three research studies to evaluate healthy eating programs for people with illnesses or problems with eating disorders. The two groups are also developing evidence to prove that the products are healthier and more effective in some cases than traditional medicines.
“Everyone needs and needs access to the healthiest food they can get,” said Pamela Schwartz, director at Kaiser.
Another aspect of Rockefeller’s plan is to focus on changing the association of the food producer.
Roy Steiner, senior president of Rockefeller’s food service, said the disease had demonstrated the nature of supply chains. And it won’t help just a handful of big food publishers monopolize the industry, he said. Shifting power and wealth to the food industry is more business -friendly, he said, which is why part of the Good Food Strategy should prioritize small -scale food businesses.
“There needs to be a variety of crops that can be grown by a variety of farmers,” Steiner said. “So when things break down, you get a lot of players and resources.”
Disease is not the only problem that has exacerbated hunger. Climate change and conflicts in Ethiopia, Yemen, and Ukraine have also contributed, Steiner said.
“We’re not in a problem if we have regenerative systems up and running,” he said.
Segar, who visited the Ukraine-Poland border last weekend, said the World Food Program demands to feed 3.1 million people in Ukraine. Shortages of food and drinking water were reported in Kyiv and in Kharkiv, two cities bearing the brunt of the war. However, the resources of the World Food Program are beginning to dwindle.
Segar said the Rockefeller Foundation will take a fundamental way to improve food production, which is what his organization is working to promote. The reason is not only to give money, he said, but to educate the public about food and use the data and research to make decisions. He spoke in Rockefeller’s “True Cost of Food,” which looks at the effects of food on people and the world. Segar also publishes Rockefeller’s Periodic Table of Food, an attempt to create a database that breaks down the food industry.
Segar said his team was able to apply what he learned from Rockefeller and educate communities in Central America about healthy eating.
Segar said the World Food Program and Rockefeller want to create a food system that everyone can have and have access to.
“The right food at the right time can save lives,” Segar said.
The food crisis following the Ukraine war is demanding on the demanding side: fewer livestock products, less, and greener farming.
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