US government convenes conference on hunger, nutrition and health
The conference will bring together government leaders, scholars, activists, and Americans from all walks of life to achieve the goal of ending hunger and reducing diet-related disease in the United States by 2030 — while reducing disparities between the most affected communities. by these issues.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said she will announce a national strategy at the conference that will identify actions the government will take to catalyze the public and private sectors to drive transformative change and to address the intersections between food, hunger, nutrition and health.
The conference is expected to focus on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic – which has shed light on diet-related illnesses, food access and supply chains.
Jean-Pierre noted that millions of Americans have been affected by food insecurity and nutrition-related diseases, including heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes, among the leading causes of death and illness. disability in the United States.
The meeting was convened at a time when the world is currently facing food situations due to several factors, such as the environmental impact on US corn production and rising grain import prices from Ukraine. .
Last June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that over the past year food prices had risen 12.2%, pushing domestic inflation to a 40-year high of 9 .1%, while 8.5% in July, a report that also included fuels and product consumption.
Nevertheless, Washington has spent more than $54 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine, given the conflict with Russia. In addition, the United States has passed environmental, health care and tax collection reform to fight inflation, but this represents a $20 billion increase in additional taxes for the class. mean.
One of the main drivers of food insecurity around the world is the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union on Russia’s grain production, while inflation is also closely linked to Western restrictions on fuels Russians, and therefore the impact on goods and food.