Let’s Re-imagine Food and Health in America
CAPABILITY FOR GOOD…
We put “mission” to where people are moving, many of whom desire healthier food. The food industry can apply research and capability for good. We can accelerate good food choices to the extent that food tastes good. And, we have the ability to make healthy food taste good.
— Shane Grant, DEO, Danone North America during a presentation at WHC on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
President Biden kicked off the second-ever White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The President outlined the United States’ ambitious goal to end hunger and reduce diet-related diseases and disparities in the U.S. by 2030. The conference is a launching point to achieving a National Strategy outlined in a 44-page report committed to investing in nutrition and health.
The Biden-Harris Administration also announced more than $8 Billion in New Commitments to put into action the National Strategy coming out of the WHC on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.
During his closing remarks, José Andrés, Founder of World Central Kitchen, calls for a National Food Agency, a new cabinet-level federal food agency that would have a mission to not only ensure the safety of the nation’s food supply, but also for all Americans to have access to fresh, healthy, and nourishing foods.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Number of States with High Rates of Adult Obesity More Than Doubles
On the eve of the WHC, CDC announced that nineteen states and two territories have at least 35% of residents with adult obesity in 2021. This staggering number has more than doubled the number of states with a high level of obesity prevalence since 2018. Clearly, this is a moral issue that requires all stakeholders to work together to bring the resources needed to address the food and health crisis in America.