When Chautauqua Institution Director of Programming Marty Merkley took stock of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s schedule last month, tonight’s program featuring guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger and CSO clarinetist Eli Eban stood out as unique.
Hunger in the United States looks different than anywhere else in the world, according to National Geographic photographer Amy Toensing.
“Food transforms the world’s landscapes,” said Dennis Dimick, executive environmental editor at National Geographic. “Forty percent of the land area of the Earth has been transformed for agriculture.” Those transformations and the many faces behind it were vibrantly presented to the Amphitheater audience on Monday as Dimick, joined by National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson, showed photographs from their 25-year collaboration exploring the world’s agricultural systems.
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.
In the National Geographic Society’s flagship year of 1888, eminent French economist and statistician Pierre Émile Levasseur estimated the global population to be 1.483 billion.