“Every act of eating involves some element of choice.”
Every day people around the world go to the store to purchase food and then sit down to a meal with their families. The meal may include bread made with wheat from Peru, salad with lettuce from California, and beef from Australia. All of these products end up on our plates through a vast interconnected global supply chain. While the supply chain creates a large number of food choices in wealthier countries, it does not always produce more nutritious food or get food to those in dire need.
In Episode 6 of Better Food. Better World., Elizabeth Nyamayaro is joined by WFP Director of Supply Chain Operations Division, Alex Marinelli, food journalist Mark Bittman, Purnima Menon of IFPRI-New Delhi, and Yemeni Food Science & Nutrition Advocate, Esra Shaiban. They explore the supply chain’s connection to our food systems, look at who is affected by poor nutrition, and share what we can do to improve the quality of the food we consume. Elizabeth and her guests understand the heavy burden our world is facing and believe that we can choose to do food better.
1:25 - In the introduction, Elizabeth asks everyday people from privileged parts of the world about their relationship to food. 2:27 - Alex Marinelli explains how the supply chain links to our food systems. 8:00 - Elizabeth continues to talk with people on the street about what food is for. 8:32 - Mark Bittman discusses how despite appearing broken, our food systems benefit corporate interests. 12:14 - Elizabeth shares more from her interviews with people on the street reminiscing about food during their childhood. 13:34 - Purnima Menon centers food systems on people, especially the people most affected by poor diets — women and children. 22:25 - More voices from the street describing how they decide to eat. 23:20 - Esra Shaiban shares how we can improve the quality of food and add nutrition. 29:37 - Esra Shaiban, Alex Marinelli, and Elizabeth share their wishes for a world with better food. Selected Links:
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Humanitarian and author of ‘I am a Girl From Africa’, Elizabeth Nyamayaro is the Special Advisor for the UN World Food Programme. Over the past two decades, she has worked at the forefront of global development and has held leadership roles at the World Bank, World Health Organization, UNAIDS, UN Women, and Merck. Her track record building and leading public-private partnerships is a key asset to WFP as it advocates for global solidarity to end world hunger.
Alex Marianelli - WFP Director of Supply Chain Operations Division
With an expansive range of work experiences in humanitarian settings, spanning deep field operations to regional bureaux and headquarters, Alex Marianelli is responsible for the supply chain operations of the world’s largest humanitarian agency. He has led numerous emergency responses across natural disasters, conflicts and health emergencies. Mr. Marinelli has also used his expertise to work with national disaster management agencies and governments around the world.
Mark Bittman - The Bittman Project
Mark Bittman is an award winning journalist, best selling author and the star of four television series. A Special Advisor on Food Policy at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Bittman is the recipient of six James Beard Awards and an IACP Award. The former lead food writer at the New York Times, is also the founder of the Bittman Project. A group founded on th
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