I’m moderating an online webinar on the new Slow Food book, Ark of Taste, with authors David S. Shields and Giselle Kennedy Lord. For information and registration click here. It’s at 4:00 p.m. EST.
A gift from AGree: position papers on food and agriculture.
AGree is a foundation-sponsored group devoted to nonpartisan ways to “transform federal food and agriculture policy to meet the challenges of the future:” future demands for food and improvements in conservation, public health, and agricultural communities.
It has just posted a series of position papers reflecting its members’ short- and long-term thinking about how to:
- Create a stable, legal food and agriculture workforce
- Ensure access to nutritious food through a food systems approach
- Increase agricultural productivity by conserving and enhancing soil, water, and habitat
- Attract young people to food and agriculture
- Strengthen research, education, and extension
AGree also offers a report on Facing the Future: Critical Challenges to Food and Agriculture. It has identified a set of strategies in addition to the ones listed above to address the challenges confronting the global food and agriculture system.
- Align U.S. diet with Dietary Guidelines
- Encourage diversity and coexistence of farming systems
- Advance landscape-scale management
- Provide risk management tools for producers
- Reduce post-harvest waste
- Strengthen regional food systems
These papers are useful for anyone interested in how to improve agricultural systems and it’s great that this group is laying the groundwork for serious thinking about these issues.