In the past 30 years, our food system has changed significantly, and today, there is more hunger, more obesity and less healthy agricultural production around the world than ever before.
Changes that started around 1980, precipitated by the consolidation of US agriculture, a decrease in US agricultural aid abroad, and the creation of new and cheap processed foods (like high-fructose corn syrup), have led to our current global landscape of 1 billion hungry and 1 billion overweight.
By taking a 30-year look back we can see the trajectory of how we got to where we are now and, we believe, that if we can take a 30-year look forward, we can envision a global food system that provides healthy, affordable food for people around the world.
The 30 Project will bring together key organizations and activists working around the world on addressing hunger, obesity, and agriculture issues to talk about their visions for the food system and the next 30-years. Many of the best anti-hunger and anti-obesity organizations have been so focused on their important work that they have not been able to work together on common challenges. The 30 Project is gathering the best people together to work towards creating a truly healthy and sustainable global food system.
Watch Ellen Gustafson officially launch the 30 Project at the 2010 Tedx EAST Conference.
For more info, check out Ellen's interview on TED.com.