Why Globalization Matters

The term “globalization” evokes multiple definitions and opinions. For our purposes, over the coming weeks as we discuss globalization, we will use the definition that the International Monetary Fund uses for “economic globalization.” “Economic ‘globalization‘ is a historical process, the result of human innovation and technological progress. It refers to the increasing integration of economies around…

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Food Security

Most people are aware of food safety, but food security is probably not an issue on many people’s minds. So just what is food security? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “food security” is built on three pillars: Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis. Food access: having sufficient resources…

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Helping Farmers be Successful

If you are in poultry production, you know how hard it is out there. While it has never been easy to make a living growing and selling poultry, the “perfect storm” of factors including high feed costs without a substantial increase in meat prices, combined with mounting consumer concerns about animal welfare and health, creates…

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Nutrition and Its Impact on Economic Sustainability

The idea that a sustainable food chain is connected to global economic stability is often not considered. According to a 2005 overview by the World Bank, the two are inseparable: “Malnutrition slows economic growth and perpetuates poverty through three routes—direct losses in productivity from poor physical status; indirect losses from poor cognitive function and deficits…

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