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Global food security summit announced for Earth Day

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A summit on food security is scheduled for Earth Day.
A summit on food security is scheduled for Earth Day.

Several U.S. government departments, including agriculture and defense, will convene a Global Food Safety Summit in Washington, DC next month.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS), Office of Global Analysis, will host the one-day summit on Earth Day, April 22, “to provide education on the critical link that exists between a stable food supply and national security in many countries around the world,” according to a release.

The USDA FAS Office of Global Analysis monitors crop conditions worldwide, using tools like satellite mapping to assess the stability of food supplies for economic, humanitarian and security purposes.

Among the discussions at the summit, representatives from multiple agencies will speak about technological advances that can help to identify crop failures, predict food shortages and deliver timely humanitarian assistance.

“By working together as partners, federal agencies of the U.S. government have developed technological and procedural solutions to the many challenges in monitoring the Earth’s resources,” said Bob Tetrault of the USDA FAS satellite imagery archive.

The Summit will be held on April 22 from 8 am to 4:30 pm, followed by a reception, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Conference Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC.

Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19092659-ADNFCR

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