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Growing food and justice sustainably

"There are about a billion people undernourished today, far more than there were 30 years ago. But, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), we produce 17% more calories per person today than we did 30 years ago, and far more than enough for everyone on the planet to have plenty to eat. The challenge of global hunger today isn’t  whether we can produce enough food. It’s that close to a billion people don’t have access to that food. And people trying to buy food find that the cheapest calories are often the least healthy. We  have over a billion people around the world who are obese, and a billion going hungry. Our global food system is failing more and more people. This is a market and policy failure, not a lack of production. If we don’t get to these systemic challenges, it’s not going to matter much how much food we can produce in 2050—many more than a billion will be left behind." Jim Harkness stated in his presentation at the National Food Policy Conference, organized by Consumers Federation of America.

1. We have to address global poverty. 
2. We have to acknowledge the crushing effect two decades of Free Trade has had on food security.
3. Financial deregulation has created chaos in agriculture markets.
4. We must have serious climate change policy that reduces emissions, and supports climate-resilient agriculture. 
5. We need to support the ability of food insecure countries to build or rebuild their own food systems.
6. We also need to integrate public health into our food system. 
7. We must call for more effective and democratic system of global institutions.

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P.S. Many women feel guilty or selfish when I advise some "me" time because they are not used to putting themselves first. We are natural caregivers and often get stressed out trying to take care of business and others in our families. When do we find time to recharge? My episode, "Destressing for Busy Women" will begin "Airing" on Friday April 13th at 12 AM PDT/ 3 AM EDT at 

Mark your calendars for Equal Pay Day on April 17, 2012! BPW Foundation is a leader in supporting Equal Pay Day, which is held annually in April to signify the point into a year that a woman must work to earn what a man made the previous year. BPW prepares a toolkit for its Legacy Partners to use to promote the day in their communities.

Ingrid Cheng
Writer, Health Advocate

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