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(Article Summarized by Meridian Institute) The Nation, in its special issue, “The Future of Food,” writes that it is “a time of great uncertainty at every link of the global food chain.” The Nation notes that the number of hungry and malnourished in the world is rising, climate change is threatening breadbasket regions, and globally, deaths from diet-related illnesses are rising. Extreme consolidation across the agriculture sector, this article says, means farmers pay more for inputs and earn less for their own products. In wondering if the future of food will be high-tech, The Nation asks: “Will targeted genome-editing tools like CRISPR lead to hardier, more nutritious plants, or will they enrich agrochemical corporations at the expense of farmers and the environment?” Other products and innovations, this article says, point to a different kind of future - one in which crops regenerate the soil they are grown in and rural economies become regional food hubs. In this special issue, The Nation asked several food policy experts this question: “How do we get a more equitable and sustainable food system?” This issue includes the answers penned by: Saru Jayaraman, the co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley; Raj Patel, a research professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin; Lindsey Shute, co-founder and executive director of the National Young Farmers Coalition; John W. Boyd Jr., a fourth-generation black farmer, businessman, and civil-rights activist; and Dana Perls, the senior food and technology campaigner with Friends of the Earth.

Posted October 11th, 2017