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Forget about Social Security.
What do you know about Food Security?
Forget about Social Security
  While modern industry now delivers bigger-breasted chickens, tomatoes that won't go bad, and 1001 to use processed corn, we also face new strains of E. coli, widespread obesity, and an epidemic level of diabetes. Despite great global effort, events of the early 21st century demonstrate that food remains a pressing challenge that also has significant implications for security, such as:
  • Rising food prices that motivate unrest in many parts of the world
  • Increased number of people who do not receive proper nutrition
  • Worldwide food safety incidents that threaten the lives of humans and animals
  • Agricultural and food production trends that impact the environment, leaving individuals and the industry likely to suffer effects from these changes in coming decades
How can we make better choices as individuals, a nation, and a planet? Join us as Bryan L. McDonald from UCI's Center for Unconventional Security Affairs lifts the veil on the global food industry, and explains how the choices we make three times a day can positively or negatively impact issues of global security.

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Special Location: Executive Commons
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Speaker Bio
Bryan L. McDonald Bryan L. McDonald
(BA/MA Virginia Tech; PhD University of California, Irvine) is the Assistant Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine (www.cusa.uci.edu). His research explores the interactions between complex, networked societies that amplify traditional security challenges and create new forms of threat and vulnerability that affect the national security of states and the human security of individuals and communities. Current areas of research include: the impact of globalization and global environmental change on food security; links between environmental change and human security; the environmental dimensions of peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction; and identifying solutions to help citizens and responders through enhancing preparedness, response and recovery in the face of global change and complex emergencies. He is the author of Food Security (Polity Press, forthcoming 2010) and co-editor of Global Environmental Change and Human Security (MIT Press, 2009) and Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War's Hidden Legacy (SUNY Press, 2004, paperback 2006) as well as over 25 articles, book chapters and policy reports.
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FOOD, Inc.FOOD, Inc. :
"For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. Director Robert Kenner explores the subject from all angles, talking to authors, advocates, farmers, and CEOs, like co-producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield Farms), and Barbara Kowalcyk, who's been lobbying for more rigorous standards since E. coli claimed the life of her two-year-old son. The filmmaker takes his camera into slaughterhouses and factory farms where chickens grow too fast to walk properly, cows eat feed pumped with toxic chemicals, and illegal immigrants risk life and limb to bring these products to market at an affordable cost. If eco-docs tends to preach to the converted, Kenner presents his findings in such an engaging fashion that Food, Inc. may well reach the very viewers who could benefit from it the most: harried workers who don't have the time or income to read every book and eat non-genetically modified produce every day. Though he covers some of the same ground as Super-Size Me and King Korn, Food Inc. presents a broader picture of the problem, and if Kenner takes an understandably tough stance on particular politicians and corporations, he's just as quick to praise those who are trying to be responsible--even Wal-Mart, which now carries organic products. That development may have more to do with economics than empathy, but the consumer still benefits, and every little bit counts."

- Review by Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Mary Patrick, Executive Director at 510-260-6279 or patrickm@uci.edu.
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