World Hunger

Farming Life


“Corn harvest with an IHC International combine harvester, Jones County, Iowa, USA.” Photo by Bill Whittaker. Wikimedia Commons.

Food is life. Nonetheless, 25% of global food production is traded internationally like any other commodity. This huge movement of food comes with consequences. Trade...Read More »

Urban Farming: a Viable Solution

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One of the most promising possible solutions to an increasingly at-risk world food system is the concept of urban farming. Already a popular initiative and social movement in many cities, urban farming brings people closer to their food and vice versa....Read More »

Global issues require global enforcement

After reading about the many land deals that have occurred recently, I began to notice that the overriding theme seemed to be that these “land grabs” were detrimental.  Which may be the case, however, these countries who are acquiring land may have motives less devious than originally expected.  City, state...Read More »

Comparing Nations

Taking a look at Peter Menzel’s online Hungry Planet gallery ,  a photographic essay on the dietary habits of families all around the world…

Making a side-by-side comparison of the food cultures of the two contrasting countries, Germany (an affluent one) & Chad (a developing...Read More »

Breath and hunger

For me the contemplative practices have been a way to relax and think about myself in relation to the larger food system. While they have all given me something to think about, the one that had the most influence on me was the lesson 5 contemplative practice about...Read More »

The Anthropocene Period

The interconnectedness of the topics discussed in the course thus far offer a thought provoking global view on the future of the human species on Earth. The issues of populations growth, the recognition of the impact that we have on our ecosystem, the global food system, and the water and...Read More »