Food and Nutrition

AGree’s Food & Nutrition Initiative brought together retailers, health professionals, anti-hunger advocates, farmers, ranchers, nutritionists, and policy markers to reduce diet-related disease and hunger.

More than 90 million adults—over one-third of the U.S. population—and 13 million American children are obese, and therefore highly vulnerable to early-onset chronic disease. Four of the leading causes of death in the U.S. are diet-related: heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. Furthermore, more than 37 million Americans, including six million children, suffer from food insecurity.

Worldwide, the issues are magnified: more than 2 billion people are obese or overweight, and over 842 million people suffer from chronic hunger. There is growing evidence that food insecurity increases the likelihood and complicates the management of chronic disease. In other words, the availability and consumption of nutritious food is crucial to human well-being—and, in the face of an exploding global population, the task before us will become more and more difficult without concerted, collaborative intervention.

AGree’s Food & Nutrition Initiative envisioned a community-based process for identifying gaps in current approaches for achieving positive dietary habits and their resulting health outcomes. It brought together retailers, health professionals, anti-hunger advocates, farmers, ranchers, nutritionists, and policy markers to reduce diet-related disease and hunger.