In 1910, one farmer could feed himself and seven other people. One hundred years later, a farmer could feed himself and 154 other people.
When we talk about food in America, it’s often to celebrate our abundant agriculture or explore a cuisine. When we talk about hunger, we often turn our eyes abroad to developing nations. But there is a quiet, persistent problem with hunger here at home — and last fall National Geographic sent me to explore it.
All across the country and the world, households are food-insecure and struggling to maintain a consistent source of sustenance. This summer, Chautauqua Institution has committed to bringing this issue of local and global hunger to the forefront with the Week Two lecture theme, “Feeding a Hungry Planet.”
A characteristic Sunday afternoon in Bestor Plaza likely looks like this: full of people, sun shining and a subtle breeze streaming through the trees. This scene serves as a backdrop for Promise Day at Chautauqua from 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Promise Day is an afternoon dedicated to celebrating The Promise Campaign with the entire community, and to motivating Chautauquans to keep striving toward its success.