The tenth annual Lozano Long Conference, Revoluciones Alimentarias: New Perspectives on the Contemporary Food System in Latin America, will examine some of the most pressing food issues that face the region and the rest of the world.
Latin America’s food system has been shaped by an era of significant volatility, with trade liberalization, political upheaval, population displacements, and environmental change all playing a role. Traditionally, the Latin American agricultural sector has grown by focusing on exports at the expense of producing fresh food for local communities. So even after a decade of economic growth, under-nutrition overlaps with diets high in fat, sugar, and over-processed foods, sometimes within the same population. In addition to these negative health outcomes, industrial agriculture produces enormous amounts of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
Humberto Ríos Labrada, winner of the 2010 Goldman Environment Prize, will deliver the keynote address “Brokering Agriculture Innovation and Fostering Action Learning in Latin America.”