I had a blast at the 2014 Big Omaha Conference last week and was so excited that my conference-closing talk on food system change that starts with “We the Eaters” and our dinner plates got such a great reaction in Nebraska – one of the key breadbasket states in our country! A new crop of food companies and healthy food solutions will come from our next generation farmers, supported by the next generation of “We the Eaters”!!
Our global food system is a pretty powerful thing. The system produces enough calories to feed every person on the planet more than each of us needs, and many of us have more diverse food options than our grandparents could have ever imagined. Still, despite the fact that many of us enjoy cheap coffee and bananas from faraway places and that Coca-Cola is available in more countries than are recognized by the UN, there are close to a billion people struggling with hunger, and more than 1.4 billion people globally are overweight or obese.
Our interconnected food system can do amazing things, but we have not figured out how to ensure that we the eaters are fed WELL in almost every corner of the globe.