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Sowing the Seeds for a Healthy Future

15 September 2022

Authors: Todd Barker, CEO, Meridian Institute; Dr. Martin Bloem, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future; Rev. Eugene Cho, President and CEO, Bread for the World; Dr. Melissa D. Ho, Senior Vice President, Freshwater and Food, World Wildlife Fund; Ferd Hoefner, Principal, Farm, Food, Environment Policy Consulting; Mike Lavender, Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

The White House’s September Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health is an important moment to galvanize efforts to reduce hunger, malnutrition, and diet-related diseases in America. But to make lasting progress on these fronts, comprehensive food and agricultural system transformation is required. The bottom line is that we cannot have healthy people without healthy farming, and healthy farming requires a healthy planet. We have joined with the World Wildlife Fund, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Bread for the World, and Farm, Food Environmental Policy Consulting to offer our thoughts on how the gathering might consider the myriad ways food consumption and production are inextricably linked in the United States.

Read our recommendations for this opportune moment to comprehensively address food and agricultural system transformation here.