"UN Summit Seeks To Fix Food’s Many Problems, But Draws Fire"

"UNITED NATIONS — Nations, companies and foundations pledged billions of dollars to feed the world in connection with an ambitious United Nations food summit Thursday, while some grassroots anti-hunger groups and food experts blasted the event as too corporate, tech-focused and top-down.

Held as part of the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting of world leaders, the “food systems summit” aimed to tackle the life-and-death puzzle of hunger, nutrition, environmental sustainability and inequality. Worldwide, more than 2 billion people don’t have enough to eat, while 2 billion are overweight or obese, and nearly a third of the food that gets produced ends up discarded, according to the U.N.

Meanwhile, a changing climate is posing new problems for agriculture, even as producing, processing, packaging and distributing food accounts for one-third of the manmade heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted."

Jennifer Peltz reports for the Associated Press September 23, 2021.


"‘Corporate Colonization’: Small Producers Boycott UN Food Summit" (Guardian)

"U.N. Looks For Recipe To Tackle Global Food Dysfunction" (Reuters)

"Explainer: U.N. Summit Seeks To Shape A Food System Fit For The Future" (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Source: AP, 09/24/2021