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National Geographic announces multiyear initiative focusing on food

The National Geographic Society has announced a multiyear commitment to exploring issues relating to food security and how we create sustainable food systems.

Source: National Geographic

101115_OB_PF_band_FL_#PHO-10-1053_focus_ 001The initiative grows out of an eight-month National Geographic magazine series looking at how to feed a growing world population and will touch all platforms of the nonprofit Society, including media and educational outreach.

To mark this commitment, the Society is publishing a free iPad app, collecting all currently published stories from the magazine’s food coverage.

A short companion video, Food by the Numbers, and a world diet interactive will be published online here.

“We conceived of the magazine series, which launched in May 2014, as an ongoing dialogue with our print and digital audiences, designed to offer context and deeper understanding of challenges and solutions to feeding the world’s population,” said Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society.

“The topic of food is relevant to all of us, and it quickly became apparent that we could have the most impact if we organized our efforts to span several years, allowing us to make investments in developing deeper layers of storytelling and engagement around the issues.”

The Future of Food iPad app (download here) features in-depth coverage from National Geographic’s magazine series, using rich storytelling, photography, video, and interactive maps and graphics to provide a multifaceted perspective on how we can feed our burgeoning population.

Food by the Numbers lays out solutions to feeding the world’s population, and an interactive world diet calculator shows 40 years of food consumption changes in 22 countries.

Editorial coverage in 2014 has been bolstered by a collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which, along with other organizations, provided data for articles and graphics. Together, the FAO and National Geographic have participated in joint events to help educate and promote awareness about hunger and nutrition.

The app was made possible through the advertising support of Bayer CropScience, Cargill, Land O’Lakes, Inc. and United Technologies. The diet calculator was supported by a grant from Grace Communications Foundation. The 1772 Foundation, The Christensen Fund and The Rockefeller Foundation contributed grants in support of the magazine series.

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