Feeding The World

By | April 5, 2013

Elizabeth Eastep_2Our speaker this evening was Elizabeth Eastep.  She is from the National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors and is also a student of the North Carolina State University.  It was one of the most informative and detaile presentations we have had in quite some time.  The meeting started with some signs on the wall which had very interesting statistics and statements.  Only three of them were false and we had the task of determining which of the three those were.  Based on the votes cast, it was fairly clear that most of us were unable to pinpoint the false statements.  Elizabeth spent her time addressing pretty much each of those statements one by one and indicating the false ones as she went.  She went so quickly that I really couldn’t keep up!  But I did get a few “takeaways” from the presentation which I will document until Elizabeth sends me more information later.  

The Ag Ambassadors like to point out the “3 Rights” which are: 1) The right to eat – no human should go hungry.  2) The right to choose – everyone should have choices of what to eat.  And 3) Sustainability – the right for future generations to eat so we need to continue to produce food in ample supplies to ensure this happens.  The primary statistics are 50 – 100 – 70.  By the year 2050 we will need 100% more food and 70% of that will need to come from new technology in agriculture!

Dick Sue_FoxI hope I get some more of the amazing statistics to share and if I do I will update this article.  In the mean time, if you have any questions Elizabeth can be reached at the following email address: eaeastep@ncsu.edu. 

We also had some visitors from WAY out of town.  Dick & Sue Fox from Washougal, Washington were visiting some folks in Cary and decided to search for a Lions Club to visit while they were here.  They found our web site and decided to join us!  We asked them if they were on a “prowl” and they didn’t know what that was.  Prowl’s are something that we do where a small group of Lions visit another club to observe, share and learn about different ideas or ways of doing things.  Apparently not all Lions clubs do that.  So I also learned something new about Lionism tonight.  As usual, we had a great time (mostly at the expense of The Worlds Greatest Lion Tamer) and left fuller and smarter than we came.

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