Friday, July 16, 2010

The 30 Project

This May Ellen Gustafson, co-founder of the FEED Foundation (a non-profit that sells bags and then sends the profits to buy impoverished children school lunches ), launched the 30 Project on her 30th birthday at this year's TEDxEast conference. The 30 Project is an organization addressing the fact that 1 billion people worldwide are overweight, while 1 billion people remain hungry. Gustafson hopes for the 30 Project to look back over the last 30 years and discover how our world's "food culture" got to such a state. The 30 Project seeks to bridge the gap between organizations and activists that are fighting worldwide hunger and poverty those that are combating obesity and to devise a blueprint for the next 30 years of our global food system. In an interview with TED, Gustafson said, "until we break down that edifice in the middle separating these two groups and get them to see that we’re all fighting to get people to eat nutritious food, no matter where they are in the world, we’re not going to make much progress."

- Clara Hill

SOURCE: "Ellen Gustafson: Obesity + Hunger = 1 global food issue"- TED, "What's 30 Project?" - 30 Project