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October 16 is World Food Day, a day when the media is buzzing with grassroots events and public awareness campaigns about hunger. So we start this series of eight great posts with a classic talk from Lester Brown on the threat of increasing scarcity as world population grows.

We continue with articles and interviews from Policy Innovations, Carnegie Council's digital magazine, which look at other aspects of food. They cover innovative solutions for what we put on our plates, and the flip side of hunger: the obesity epidemic.

Check out Policy Innovations for more on food, cities, education, environment, health, gender, and technology.


Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity
Lester BrownEarth Policy InstituteJanet LarsenEarth Policy Institute
"In this era of tightening world food supplies, the ability to grow food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage. Food is the new oil," says Lester Brown. What will the geopolitics of food look like in a new era dominated by scarcity and food nationalism? (May 2015, Public Affairs Program, transcript, audio, and video)


"Soy Is a Huge Cloud Over Agriculture"
Irene PedrueloCarnegie Council
Kathryn Redford has a mission: revolutionize the meat industry. How? By using insects in animal feed, instead of soy or corn. (January 2015, Policy Innovations

Local Food Systems: A Green Way of Life, or a Luxury Only for Elites?
Kelly HodginsFeeding 9 Billion
While many celebrate salad greens, the local food movement is cultivating exclusivity and becoming less and less budget-friendly. (November 2014, Policy Innovations)

Eating "Ugly," a New Healthy Trend

Jordan FigueiredoFood Activist
England and France are using creativity to push consumers to buy "ugly" fruits and vegetables. (March 2015, Policy Innovations)

The Next Pig Idea
Irene PedrueloCarnegie Council
Food waste expert and environmentalist Tristram Stuart has an unexpectedly big idea that could change the world. (June 2015, Policy Innovations)


How Much More Processed Food Can We Eat?
Tim LobsteinWorld Obesity Federation
Food policies for the 21st century will be about the purpose of markets and the need to hold marketers to account for their activities. (October 2015, Policy Innovations)

Big Soda Politics: A Call to Advocacy
Marion NestleNew York University
It is becoming evident that Big Soda copies the playbook used by Big Tobacco to distract people from the harm caused by cigarette smoking. Although falling soda sales are the results of successful advocacy, there is still a lot of work to do. (October 2015, Policy Innovations)

Fighting Obesity Requires a Choice: Profit or Public Health
Roberto De VogliUniversity of California, Davis; Noemi RenzettiUniversity of California, Davis  
Unless governments take steps to promote healthy diets and discourage consumption of ultra-processed products, chances to stop and reverse the obesity epidemic remain quite slim. Until now, market-oriented solutions have proven incapable of solving this societal problem. (October 2015, Policy Innovations)

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