Rice Hills

Food and Agriculture

"It would be nice if the Food and Drug Administration stopped issuing warnings about
toxic substances and just gave me the names of one or two things still safe to eat."
~Robert Fuoss

The rising urgency of the global food crisis highlights the fact that there are no simple answers or solutions to solve the problem of food production and distribution on a global scale. As the impacts of rising prices for basic food items are felt around the world by rural and urban poor, the middle-class, and governments, the drive to find answers becomes ever more pressing. Our food production, distribution, and consumption systems need renewed attention on a systemic basis, and forward looking policy initiatives are called for that can help us transform the current unsustainable systems now in place.

In China there is growing awareness of the problems in the current food system. Wide-spread instances of toxic chemicals entering the human food chain have caused immense suffering, while raising conscioiusness about the serious problems associated with large-scale industrial food systems. But these problems are certainly not China’s alone, as the toxic nature of modern industrial food production is an issue around the world. And both in China and around the globe there are many initiatives and excellent examples of alternatives to continuing down the destructive path we are now on.

The Action 2030 Institute, in cooperation with other groups, successfully organized the first International Workshop on Sustainable Food and Agriculture. This four day event in Beijing explored the global problems and challenges of our industrial food and agriculture systems, and initiated a conversation amongst diverse viewpoints on the best ways forward toward sustainable solutions. From practical alternatives in agricultural techniques and food production drawn from around the world, to policy roundtables on innovative new paths for systemic change, to film viewings and discussions with panels of filmmakers from around the world, this event advanced the boundaries of the current discussion. For more information and updates, join our Sustainable Food and Agriculture Mailing List.

Related Briefs:
Action 2030 Policy Brief: "Soybean Production, Industrial Agriculture, and Climate Change," Spring 2009.

Action 2030 Field Notes: "Excerpts from a Food, Inc. Panel Discussion," Fall 2009.

Future of Food Film and Curriculum, 2008.


"How to Feed China," by Dale Wen, in Third World Resurgence, April 2008.




"How to Feed China," by Dale Wen, in Third World Resurgence, April 2008.