Alliance to Feed the Future Offers New Educational Curricula on “The Science of Feeding the World” for Students in Grades K-8

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Alliance to Feed the Future Offers New Educational Curricula on
“The Science of Feeding the World” for Students in Grades K-8

Farm Credit Grant Helps Equip Teachers with Critical Resources That Meet Latest Science Standards.

(Washington, D.C., November 12, 2013) — The Alliance to Feed the Future today announced   the availability of new, free curricula that complements the “Lunchbox Lessons: The Journey from Farm to Fork” curricula released last year. The newest lessons, “The Science of Feeding the World,” will help students in grades K-8 learn about what it will take to feed the world as the earth’s population reaches 9 billion by 2050.

The curricula cite and assign the exact standard for the Common Core State Standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards, a state-led process managed by Achieve in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

The curricula were made possible through a grant from Farm Credit, America’s largest agricultural lending cooperative. The grade-specific materials were developed by The Education Center of Greensboro, NC. The comprehensive resources challenge students to really think about what it takes to feed the world. Through thought provoking questions and discussion guides, students are able to connect with a sometimes perplexing topic in-ways they can relate to and understand.

“There is no denying that the next generation has a big challenge ahead—producing enough food to feed a growing world population,” says David Schmidt, President and CEO of the International Food Information Council (IFIC), which coordinates the Alliance. “This new curricula fills a gap that not only meet teachers’ science needs, but also delivers information that is fun, engaging, and interactive for students.”

The new curricula debut at the Global South Summit, a gathering of business executives, industry experts, scientists and students convened in Nashville, Tenn., to discuss solving some of the biggest challenges facing our planet in food, health and economic prosperity.  The Summit features Schmidt and Kimberly Reed, Executive Director of the IFIC Foundation, where they, as well as other leaders, will present insights on food innovation and feeding the planet.

“It is very fitting that these K-8 educational curricula debut during the Global South Summit session ‘Frontiers of Food Innovation’ that features World Food Prize Laureates, as it sends an important message to teachers who are preparing and inspiring our future leaders who will be responsible for feeding our planet that will grow by 2 billion by 2050,” says Reed.

The online, downloadable curricula include dozens of free, grade-specific lesson plans, color classroom posters and more. The lessons address modern food production techniques and the resources needed for producers to provide the foods we enjoy every day.

All of the educational materials are available through the Alliance to Feed the Future website.

This month, the Alliance is also featuring a “Feeding the World Superhero Contest for Classrooms.”  This contest aims to answer the question, "What does a superhero involved in food production look like?" One Grand Prize winner will be eligible to win a $250 Amazon gift card to be used in the classroom. For more information on the contest, visit our Facebook Page

The Alliance to Feed the Future website (www.alliancetofeedthefuture.org) is home to an assortment of hundreds of helpful resources and information regarding the modern food production system from farm to fork. 

For additional questions about the Alliance to Feed the Future, please contact media@alliancetofeedthefuture.org or 202-296-6540.

About the Alliance to Feed the Future

The mission of the Alliance to Feed the Future is to raise awareness and improve understanding of the benefits & necessity of modern food production and technology in order to meet global demand. Members of the Alliance include: Agriculture Council of America; Ag Day Agriculture Future of America Agricultural Retailers; Association American Agri-Women; American Bakers Association; American Commodity Distribution; Association The American Council on Science and Health; American Farmers for the Advancement & Conservation of Technology (AFACT); American Feed Industry Association; American Frozen Food Institute; American Meat Institute; American Peanut Council; American Seed Trade Association; American Society of Agronomy; American Society for Nutrition American Soybean Association; Animal Agriculture Alliance; Animal Health Institute; Association for Dressings and Sauces; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Biotechnology Industry Organization; CA League of Food Processors; CA Institute for Food & Agricultural Research at UC Davis; Calorie Control Council; Can Manufacturers Institute; Canned Food Alliance; Center for Food Integrity; Corn Refiners Association; Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST) Council for Responsible Nutrition CropLife; America Crop Science Society of America; Council for Biotechnology; Information Egg Nutrition Center; The Fertilizer Institute Family; Career and Community Leaders of America; Farm Journal Foundation; Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States; The Food Institute; Frozen Potato Product Institute; Global Midwest Alliance; Grocery Manufacturers Association; GMA Science & Education Foundation; Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA); Institute for Food Safety and Health Institute of Food Technologists; Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils; Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture International; Association for Food Protection International; Association of Color Manufacturers International; Dairy Foods Association; International Food Additives Council; International Food Information Council; International Foodservice Distributors Association; International Formula Council; International Ice Cream Association; Iowa State University; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Irrigation Association; Juice Products Association; Kentucky Livestock Coalition; Kentucky Soybean Association; Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board; Midwest Food Processors Association; Milk Industry Foundation; MilkPEP; National Agricultural Biotechnology Council; National Association of Margarine Manufacturers; National Association of Plant Breeders; National Association of Wheat Growers; National Cheese Institute; National Chicken Council; National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research; National Confectioners Association National Council of Agricultural Employers National FFA Foundation National Fisheries Institute National Frozen Pizza Institute; The National Grange; National Institute for Animal Agriculture; National Livestock Producers Association; National Pasta Association; National Peanut Board; National Pecan Shellers; Association National Restaurant Association; National Turkey Federation; The Nature Conservancy; New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; The Ohio State University, Department of Food Science and Technology Outreach, Inc.; Pennsylvania State University; Department of Dairy & Animal Science; Pennsylvania State University, Department of Food Science; Pink Lady America Produce Marketing Association; Research Chefs Association; Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science at UC Davis; Shelf-Stable Food Processors Association; Snack Food Association; Soil Science Society of America; Southern Food & Beverage Museum; STEMconnector; Sustainable Food Project; Texas Tech University, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; United Egg Producers; United Fresh Produce Association; University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences; University of Georgia, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; University of Illinois, Agricultural Communications Program; University of Massachusetts, Department of Food Science; USA Rice Federation; U.S. Cattlemen's Association; U.S. Custom Harvesters; Vinegar Institute; Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE); and Yellow Tractor Program.