Alliance to Feed the Future Celebrates Spirit of Borlaug on National Ag Day

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Contact: Matt Raymond, media@alliancetofeedthefuture.org
Phone: 202-296-6540

Note: The International Food Information Council is proud to support the Alliance to Feed the Future as a founding member. (Cross-posted here.)

(Washington, D.C., March 25, 2014) —The Alliance to Feed the Future is celebrating the theme of National Agriculture Day 2014—“Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed”—by honoring the spirit of the late Norman Borlaug, whose birth centenary also falls on March 25, 2014.

A statue of Borlaug—the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner, “Father of the Green Revolution,” and founder of the World Food Prize—will be installed today in the U.S. Capitol as one of the two representing his native Iowa. The 2006 law awarding Borlaug a Congressional Gold Medal states that his work to bring modern agricultural production and improved wheat and rice breeds to developing countries saved the lives of “more than a billion people.”

National Ag Day activities this year feature expert panels, film documentary screenings, a luncheon featuring Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), and a conversation with Deputy U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden.

“With 7 billion mouths to feed today, and 9 billion by the year 2050, National Ag Day is a great day to celebrate not only the spirit of Norman Borlaug, but also the millions of people who work from sunrise to sundown to provide us with a safe, abundant, and affordable food supply,” said David Schmidt, president and CEO of the International Food Information Council, which coordinates the Alliance to Feed the Future.

“The marvels of modern agriculture go far beyond the farm. We have endless choices for delicious and diverse cuisine 365 days a year thanks to farmers and ranchers around the world and the many others who help their bounty make it to our plates.  Advancements at every link in the food chain have allowed us to eat healthfully while spending less time and money getting our meals to the point of consumption.”

The Alliance in November 2013 released new, free K–8 educational curricula called “The Science of Feeding the World” to complement the “Lunchbox Lessons: The Journey from Farm to Fork” curricula released in 2012.

The curricula cite and assign the exact standard for the Common Core State Standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards, a state-led process managed by Achieve in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

The curricula were made possible through a grant from Farm Credit, America’s largest agricultural lending cooperative, and were developed by The Education Center of Greensboro, N.C. Through thought-provoking questions and discussion guides, the materials help students to connect with a sometimes perplexing topic in ways they can relate to and understand.

“Ag Day is all about celebrating the success that modern food production has been able to achieve with technology and hard work, while showing real images and impacts of today’s farms to the wider world,” Schmidt said.  “We are proud to be one of many Ag Day partners empowering teachers to share the story of what happens on America’s farms and ranches—and beyond.”

For additional questions about the Alliance to Feed the Future, please contact media@alliancetofeedthefuture.org or 202-296-6540.

About the Alliance to Feed the Future

The mission of the Alliance to Feed the Future is to raise awareness and improve understanding of the benefits & necessity of modern food production and technology in order to meet global demand.

Members of the Alliance include: Agriculture Council of America; Ag Day Agriculture Future of America Agricultural Retailers; Association American Agri-Women; American Bakers Association; American Commodity Distribution; Association The American Council on Science and Health; American Farmers for the Advancement & Conservation of Technology (AFACT); American Feed Industry Association; American Frozen Food Institute; American Meat Institute; American Peanut Council; American Seed Trade Association; American Society of Agronomy; American Society for Nutrition American Soybean Association; Animal Agriculture Alliance; Animal Health Institute; Association for Dressings and Sauces; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Biotechnology Industry Organization; CA League of Food Processors; CA Institute for Food & Agricultural Research at UC Davis; Calorie Control Council; Can Manufacturers Institute; Canned Food Alliance; Center for Food Integrity; Corn Refiners Association; Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST) Council for Responsible Nutrition CropLife; America Crop Science Society of America; Council for Biotechnology; Information Egg Nutrition Center; The Fertilizer Institute Family; Career and Community Leaders of America; Farm Journal Foundation; Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States; The Food Institute; Frozen Potato Product Institute; Global Midwest Alliance; Grocery Manufacturers Association; GMA Science & Education Foundation; Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA); Institute for Food Safety and Health Institute of Food Technologists; Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils; Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture International; Association for Food Protection International; Association of Color Manufacturers International; Dairy Foods Association; International Food Additives Council; International Food & Agribusiness Management Association; International Food Information Council; International Foodservice Distributors Association; International Formula Council; International Ice Cream Association; Iowa State University; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Irrigation Association; James Beard Foundation; Juice Products Association; Kentucky Livestock Coalition; Kentucky Soybean Association; Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board; Midwest Food Processors Association; Milk Industry Foundation; MilkPEP; National Agricultural Biotechnology Council; National Association of Margarine Manufacturers; National Association of Plant Breeders; National Association of Wheat Growers; National Cheese Institute; National Chicken Council; National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research; National Confectioners Association National Council of Agricultural Employers National FFA Foundation National Fisheries Institute National Frozen Pizza Institute; The National Grange; National Institute for Animal Agriculture; National Livestock Producers Association; National Pasta Association; National Peanut Board; National Pecan Shellers; Association National Restaurant Association; National Turkey Federation; The Nature Conservancy; National 4-H Council; New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Northwest Food Processors Association; The Ohio State University, Department of Food Science and Technology Outreach, Inc.; Pennsylvania State University; Department of Dairy & Animal Science; Pennsylvania State University, Department of Food Science; Pink Lady America Produce Marketing Association; Research Chefs Association; Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science at UC Davis; Shelf-Stable Food Processors Association; Snack Food Association; Soil Science Society of America; Southern Food & Beverage Museum; STEMconnector; Sustainable Food Project; Texas Tech University, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; United Egg Producers; United Fresh Produce Association; University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences; University of Georgia, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; University of Illinois, Agricultural Communications Program; University of Massachusetts, Department of Food Science; USA Rice Federation; U.S. Cattlemen's Association; U.S. Custom Harvesters; Vinegar Institute; Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE); and Yellow Tractor Program.