Monthly Archives: November 2012
The Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, Dr. Sandy Rikoon, was featured on Straight from the Heartland, a radio program of AgWeb, on Thanksgiving day. The report examined hunger in the U.S. and Missouri and gaps in our understanding of the extent of hunger in communities. Rikoon described how research projects of the Center, namely the Missouri Hunger Atlas, provide local officials and agency professionals with county level information about food insecurity and how well private and public hunger relief programs are meeting the need. Roughly 15% of Missourians worry about having enough to eat. Of these, about 40% will at some point have to reduce portions, skip meals, or otherwise change their eating patterns.
The Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security recently hosted a national symposium, Food Insecurity: Assessing Disparities, Consequences, and Policies. Experts from diverse academic disciplines gathered with community activists and practitioners to assess the state of food insecurity and food justice and unpack a simple question with incredibly complex answers: where do we go from here?
Mike Burden, Senior Information Specialist with the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (CAFNR), covered the event. His story, along with audio clips and images, appeared in CAFNR News. Speakers’ presentations and biographies are also available.