Commons Good Ricardo Salvador and Paula Daniels
photo by Stacy Wegley, Dark Wood Farm, Boone County, Kentucky
Food Systems for Thriving Together
People’s foundation for physical and mental well-being starts with access to fresh air, clean water, and nutritious food. Meeting these basic needs allows us to be healthier today by avoiding hunger, exhaustion, disease, and injury. It also means we are more likely to thrive tomorrow by supporting our ability to withstand adversity.
The mid-20th century was a turning point in the American food system, ushering in a precipitous decline in farm populations. With the shift toward highly consolidated, vertically integrated, and industrially efficient agriculture came a rise in obesity, a loss of agricultural biodiversity, and a rise in nitrate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions due to concentrated methods of farming and animal rearing.
Listen in as Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists and Paula Daniels, Center for Good Food Purchasing overview the building blocks of our food system: the legacies of the food system we've inherited, the current state of our food system, and the pivotal moves we can make in our food system to thrive together.