Photo courtesy of U. S. Department of Agriculture
(Oct. 10, 2011 – 12:30 p.m.) Current Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack will give a speech on worldwide food insecurity Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union at Iowa State University. The event is free and open to the public.
There will be a reception preceding the speech in the South Ballroom.
Food insecurity refers to how available food is for consumers and how much access there is to the food.
The USDA has helped farmers and ranchers produce a safe, affordable and abundant food supply, conserve our natural resources, and provide healthful school meals to our nation's children.
USDA is also part of a government-wide effort to meet the challenges of feeding a growing global population, mitigating the effects of climate change and meeting increasing energy demands at home and abroad.
Vilsack has pioneered new approaches to promote long-term economic growth in rural America, focusing on investments in broadband Internet and renewable energy.
The speech is part of the World Affairs Series and is cosponsored by the World Affairs Committee and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded through the Government of the Student Body.