Project Manager – Pete Shively
What’s for dinner? Most of us think about this question every day—especially as we get hungry in the late afternoon. But we also might consider this question more broadly, from the viewpoint of our overall society. What decisions about food might we face as a people? This project discussion looked both ahead and sometimes far afield as it explored and developed some of the many different questions we face about our food, about what’s for dinner . . . or breakfast, snack, brunch or lunch.
This project discussion concluded in the summer of 2011 and addressed a number of broad and interconnected issues and concerns about food, including—
- the quantity and quality of what we’re able to eat. Judging by the significant increase in obesity and adult-onset diabetes, it’s clear that many of us are eating too much or eating too much of the wrong things.
- access and distribution issues: hunger, malnourishment, cost, and concerns over access/availability. What are the broader implications of poor nutrition for all of us as a society?
- the safety and health/nutritional values of our food supply and how might they best be regulated?
As we think about the future of food, this project also considered concerns about where our food comes from and how it gets to our supermarkets, restaurants, and dinner tables. Will our food come to us from local farms and a nearby farmer’s market or from Wal-mart, Costco, and container ships from Chile and at what costs? Who will be producing it and how? How will changing technology, global warming, energy policies, and other changes affect how and what we eat in the future? And what will be the broader impacts on our environment, our economy, and our way(s) of life?
You can download a copy of this report from our “Discussion Reports” page, which lists all of our published reports. You can also download a copy directly by clicking on either the blue pdf button in the sidebar to the right or on the following links: Food: What Might Be For Dinner (40 pages/2.6 MB), or en Español, Comida: Que Podria Haber para Cenar? (40 páginas/2.7 MB)