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Land of Plenty

How Should We Ensure that People Have the Food They Need?

Julie Pratt Sue Williams

9781946206060
25 pages
National Issues Forums Institute
Overview
All of us affect, and are affected by, the food system: students who grow and eat carrots and tomatoes from their school garden; farm owners who maintain patches of natural habitat for bees; immigrants who hand-pick our apples, grapes, and oranges; public employees who design food-nutrition labels and monitor food safety; restaurant workers who take our orders and serve our meals; food reporters who write about ethnic cuisine; local groups of gleaners who keep edible food out of the dumpster and put it to good use; food pantries that teach teenagers to garden on vacant lots; parents who work to stretch their food budgets to the next payday; policymakers who determine agricultural subsidies; community members who advocate for policies to ensure that all of us have the food we need.

While we have one of the most productive and efficient food systems in the world, millions of people in the US still fall between the cracks. People who may have enough to eat today worry about the availability and quality of food for future generations.

This guide explores different approaches and actions that are, or could be, taken to create a food system that works for all of us. While the approaches overlap in some respects, they do suggest different priorities and involve different trade-offs. With this in mind, what should we do to ensure that people from all walks of life have the food they need?
Author Bio
Julie Pratt is a writer, facilitator and consultant to public and nonprofit agencies. Her primary interest is in helping people and organizations be creative and successful in matters that further our common good. Julie holds master's degrees in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine and in social work from the University of Wisconsin. For more details, please visit www.ontheridgeline.com. Sue Williams retired in 2017 as the interim director of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at Oklahoma State University. Since she joined OSU in 1977, she has served as a Cooperative Extension Specialist, and as a professor and department head of Human Development and Family Science. Williams has served the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University for 37 years and will be inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to economic development and the quality of life in Oklahoma.