On January 8, over 400 students from the metro area gathered at the University of Minnesota for a College in the Schools Field Day on the economics of food security using MCEE's Global Food Challenge curriculum. The day included a presentation on the SNAP program by Dr. Lisa Harnack of the School of Public Health and a panel of experts representing policy makers, nonprofit organizations, academia, and industry, including MCEE board member and Cargill economist Tim Bodin.
Students worked in committees to address the SNAP program and food insecurity in the United States from various angles, including Policy-Maker, SNAP Program Administrator, and Non-Governmental Organization. Presentations were judged by the teachers attending and one from each area was chosen to present to the entire group. MCEE's Global Food Challenge curriculum explores the economics behind food markets, food trade, food safety, and food security. In the Food Security unit, students research how public policies impact critical issues of hunger, famine, and nutrition. The Global Food Challenge is a FREE MCEE curriculum - see how you can use it in your classroom!
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