Corn, wheat and rice make up some of the most crucial ingredients to diets across the world. With a booming global population, FAO says in the next 35 years farmers will need to ratchet up production of these three commodities to 3 billion tons – that’s half a billion tons more than the record harvest of 2013.
Today is World Food Day. Observed every year since 1981, it focuses on the problem of hunger around the globe. Also, this week is the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines and some of the most innovative thinkers in the fight against hunger have come to Iowa.
Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton of Union Iowa were recently recognized for their work fighting global hunger. Their work involves getting packaged meals to hungry children in Africa and many other places. Floyd and Kathy talk with host Ben Kieffer about their work and what is ahead for them.
In the second half of the show, hear from Iowa author John Price about his new memoir "Daddy Long Legs."
The farm bill is legislation is worth more than $90 billion. It deals with everything from farm subsidies to crop insurance; but over 80% of this massive outlay goes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP,) which was once called food stamps. More than 45 million people depend on SNAP, especially since the economic downturn. However, in the current versions of the bill both Democrats and Republicans are discussing cutting funds from the program.