Food Days 2012: Food Security Through Modern Agriculture

Press Release

“Alliance to Feed the Future” Resources and Events Highlight Opportunities, Challenges for Global Food System

(Washington, D.C., October 10, 2012) — The Alliance to Feed the Future is helping to highlight the challenges of feeding a growing world population and solutions offered by modern agricultural and food processing practices by hosting a variety of educational events and launching a video series as part of  activities leading up to and surrounding World Food Day, October 16 and the World Food Prize, October 18, as well as other events being planned.

Borlaug CAST Communication Award Presentation and Alliance to Feed the Future Program at the World Food Prize Foundation Borlaug Dialogue: On Wed., October 17 (7-10 a.m. CT) in Des Moines, Iowa, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), CropLife Foundation, and the Alliance to Feed the Future will host a breakfast program on the occasion of the 2012 Borlaug Dialogue hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. 

CAST and CropLife Foundation will present the 2012 Borlaug CAST Communication award to Dr. Carl Winter.  Dr. Winter is the Director of the FoodSafe Program and an Extension Food Toxicologist in the Department of Food Science at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Winter is renowned for his humorous and entertaining presentations about food safety and modern food production issues.

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The award program will be immediately followed by an Alliance to Feed the Future communications session featuring a panel discussion on empowering future generations of food communicators.

Session panelists include:

  • David Schmidt, President and CEO, International Food Information Council - The Alliance to Feed the Future: An International Model for Communicating About Modern Agriculture and Food Production;
  • Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Agricultural Law Student, Drake University - Food in the Future...A Youthful Perspective;
  • Edie Fraser, Executive Director, STEMconnector - Making Food and Agriculture a Bigger Part of Our Educational Mandate; and
  • Moderator: Kimberly Reed, Executive Director, International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation - Food and Agricultural Education: A Global Priority?

Following the panel, join the Alliance to Feed the Future as we host an extended discussion via live video webcast  on Wed., October 17, 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. CT) on Reaching the Next Generation to Sustain Modern Agricultural Practices.

To register and participate for this webcast, please click here.

Curricula for K-8 Students: “Lunchbox Lessons: The Journey from Farm to Fork”: Earlier this year, the Alliance announced new, free curricula to help students in grades K-8 learn about modern food and agricultural production and how American farmers and producers work to provide safe, nutritious and abundant food choices every day.

“Lunchbox Lessons: The Journey from Farm to Fork,” made possible through a grant from Farm Credit, includes grade-specific educational materials developed by The Education Center. All of the materials are available through the Alliance to Feed the Future website. Teachers also can enter a contest demonstrating how they would use the lessons in their classrooms -- grants will be awarded for the most innovative and effective examples.

Educational Video Series on Feeding a Growing World Population: As part of its educational mission, the Alliance to Feed the Future is releasing a series of short videos featuring Dr. Robert L. Thompson, visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and an International Food Information Council Foundation Trustee, commenting on the challenges of feeding a growing world population.  The videos, as well as Dr. Thompson’s address, are available on the Alliance to Feed the Future web site at the following address:

The videos focus on the following topics: 

The videos can also be viewed on You Tube at the following address:

The Alliance also is making available a video series from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) that illustrates the importance that food science and technology have played in the lives of every consumer.  This video graphically demonstrates what would happen at the grocery if food science were to disappear. To view the videos, go to:

Capitol Hill Educational Seminar: During a September 28 educational seminar on Capitol Hill, hosted by the Alliance and the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (National C-FAR), Dr. Robert L. Thompson said worldwide agricultural production will have to double, using little if any more land and less water, in order to feed the “equivalent of two more Chinas” in the next 40 years. 

"With climate change shifting all agroecosystems, it is going to take a significant increase in public and private investments in adaptive agricultural research just to sustain present productivity levels, not to mention achieve the needed doubling or more in land and water productivity,” Dr. Thompson said. “We are in the midst of the golden age of the biological sciences and we will need to use every tool available to meet the growing demand of billions of more people for food at reasonable costs without destroying the environment.”

Commenting on the theme announced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation for World Food Day 2012 –Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World – Dr. Thompson noted that cooperatives have played an important role in agricultural development by helping farmers to improve both their purchasing and marketing power. 

“World Food Day is a way to help the broader public understand where their food comes and to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture and feeding the world,” Dr. Thompson said.

To interview an expert or for questions about celebrating Food Day every day, or the Alliance to Feed the Future, please contact: or 202-296-6540.


About the Alliance to Feed the Future

The mission of the Alliance to Feed the Future is to raise awareness and improve understanding of the benefits & necessity of modern food production and technology in order to meet global demand. Members of the Alliance include: Agriculture Council of America, Ag Day; Agriculture Future of America; Agricultural Retailers Association; American Agri-Women; American Bakers Association; American Commodity Distribution Association; American Farmers for the Advancement & Conservation of Technology (AFACT); American Feed Industry Association; American Frozen Food Institute; American Meat Institute; American Peanut Council; American Seed Trade Association;

American Society of Agronomy; American Society for Nutrition; American Soybean Association; Animal Agriculture Alliance; Animal Health Institute; Association for Dressings and Sauces; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Biotechnology Industry Organization; CA Institute for Food & Agricultural Research at UC Davis; Calorie Control Council;

Can Manufacturers Institute; Canned Food Alliance; Center for Food Integrity; Corn Refiners Association; Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST); Council for Responsible Nutrition; CropLife America; Crop Science Society of America; Council for Biotechnology Information; Egg Nutrition Center; The Fertilizer Institute; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States; The Food Institute; Frozen Potato Product Institute; Global Midwest Alliance; Grocery Manufacturers Association; GMA Science & Education Foundation; Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA); Institute for Food Safety and Health; Institute of Food Technologists; Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils; International Association of Color Manufacturers; International Dairy Foods Association; International Food Additives Council; International Food Information Council; International Foodservice Distributors Association;  International Formula Council; International Ice Cream Association; Iowa State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Irrigation Association; Juice Products Association; Kentucky Livestock Coalition; Kentucky Soybean Association; Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board; Midwest Food Processors Association; Milk Industry Foundation; MilkPEP; National Agricultural Biotechnology Council; National Association of Margarine Manufacturers; National Association of Plant Breeders National Association of Wheat Growers; National Cheese Institute; National Chicken Council; National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research; National Confectioners Association; National Council of Agricultural Employers; National FFA Foundation; National Fisheries Institute; National Frozen Pizza Institute; National Institute for Animal Agriculture; National Livestock Producers Association; National Pasta Association; National Peanut Board; National Pecan Shellers Association National Restaurant Association; National Turkey Federation; New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; The Ohio State University, Department of Food Science and Technology; Pennsylvania State University, Department of Dairy & Animal Science; Pennsylvania State University, Department of Food Science; Pink Lady America; Produce Marketing Association; Research Chefs Association; Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science at UC Davis; Shelf-Stable Food Processors Association; Snack Food Association; Soil Science Society of America; Southern Food & Beverage Museum; STEMconnector; Sustainable Food Project; United Egg Producers; United Fresh Produce Association; University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences; University of Georgia, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; University of Illinois, Agricultural Communications Program; University of Massachusetts, Department of Food Science; USA Rice Federation; U.S. Cattlemen's Association; U.S. Custom Harvesters; Vinegar Institute; Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE); and Yellow Tractor Program.