Is the message “feeding 9 billion by 2050” confusing the general public? with @conniediekman

“We need to feed 9 billion people by 2050.”

“America’s obesity crisis appears more unstoppable than ever.”

In the fall of 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report indicating almost 40 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent of adolescents are obese ? these are the highest rates ever recorded for the U.S.

At the same time, the agriculture community pushes the message that we will need to feed nine-billion people by 2050. While the rhetoric makes sense for farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professionals, the average person isn’t receptive. 

I visited with Connie Diekman, Director of University Nutrition for Washington University in St. Louis and past president of the American Dietetic Association. We discuss differences in today’s collegiate demographic and those in older generations. This leads to multiple nutrition programs which are currently being implemented at Washington University. 

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