The Chautauqua Institution teamed up with National Geographic, along with Wegmans, to discuss the global food shortage and hunger. Experience the Week Two morning lectures and speakers all over again through the Chautauquans busy tweeting and Instagramming in this week’s Storify recap.
In 1968, CBS Reports showed a documentary called “Hunger in America.” The film illustrated the face of late ’60s poverty: uneducated, unemployed men and women raising skinny-legged kids in run-down shacks. Senior citizens and children were the worst affected. One in 20 Americans at the time struggled with hunger, a figure just above the unemployment rate.
Hunger in the United States looks different than anywhere else in the world, according to National Geographic photographer Amy Toensing.
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.