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October 16, 2017

Global Food Systems... so what?

Submitted by Dandi Thomas

World Food Day is a fantastic opportunity to draw attention to the food challenges throughout the globe, and it can start with Kansas State University. We invite you to join K-State's Global Food Systems Initiative in our quest to solve these challenges through innovation, outreach and workforce development.

As the nation's first operational land-grant university, we have both a history and a future deeply rooted in food. It touches all aspects of our lives, and therefore, all academic disciplines. K-State brings critical expertise in the fight to keep the global food supply safe and sustainable, and every college and academic department — all 65 — can play a role.

The global community is experiencing vast challenges in hunger, obesity, waste, transportation, safety and sustainability — all affecting the availability of food. K-State has the resources to make a difference and the people to be a driving force. Whether you’re a researcher blazing a new trail or a student trying to shape the future, there’s a need you can help fill.

Maureen Olewnik, Global Food Systems Initiative coordinator, will be reaching out to faculty, staff and student-based groups for assistance as we move forward. Opportunities include:

  • Problem-solving through interaction, information sharing, and a transdisciplinary research approach
  • Developing solutions for complex challenges in production, transportation, storage and processing of safe and sustainable food
  • Educational efforts between and among K-State colleges and departments
  • Communication efforts through campus outreach, at conferences, with industry, and with funding organizations at all levels
  • Informing and educating industry, political leaders, students and the public sector through varied media platforms
  • Developing innovative business solutions through risk management

You can stop by the K-State Student Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 to learn more about the Global Food Systems Initiative or contact Olewnik at molewnik@k-state.edu if you have any questions and thank you in advance for your assistance.

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