Senator Lugar Endorses Farmers Feeding the World
Philadelphia, PA (January 17, 2011) – The Honorable Richard G. Lugar, Republican Senator from Indiana, has released a public statement and video clip endorsing “Farmers Feeding the World,” the agricultural industry wide anti-hunger campaign recently launched by the Farm Journal Foundation.
In his statement Lugar said, “It is with this [food security] in mind that I celebrate the Farm Journal Foundation’s new campaign, Farmers Feeding the World, for its innovative approach to hunger relief.”
Lugar, a Marion County, Ind., row-crop farmer, has long been a champion of both the American
farmer and anti-hunger efforts. He is a current member and past chairman of the Senate
Agriculture Committee. As an advocate against hunger, Lugar has led the fight for the federal
school lunch program in America and is co-author with Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) of the Global
Food Security Act, an important piece of bipartisan legislation to address global hunger.
In his video clip discussing Farmers Feeding the World, Lugar went on to say, “Farmers
everywhere are facing a big challenge: They will need to produce enough food to feed a
population that is projected to grow to 9 billion by 2050. Their ability to do so will come largely
from proper stewardship of scarce natural resources, like land and water, as well as making the
best use of technology-based sustainable production practices. To meet that challenge, Farmers
Feeding the World is rallying the United States agriculture industry to assist organizations on the
front lines of the fight against hunger, while educating the general public about modern agriculture as an essential component of the solution. Farmers Feeding the World will highlight the history of tenacity, hard work, discovery and know-how that make American farmers uniquely qualified to help 925 million people suffering from food insecurity.”
The 1:40 clip can be viewed in its entirety here.
The Farm Journal Foundation launched its Farmers Feeding the World campaign in October to
rally the U.S. agriculture industry to raise funds for hunger charities and provide education about
modern agriculture to consumers. The initial goal of the campaign is to raise $20 million and
ultimately $100 million annually to fight hunger through development and relief efforts and
consumer education. To date, nearly $6 million in pledges have been received.
About the Farm Journal Foundation
The Farm Journal Foundation is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to sustaining U.S. agriculture's ability to serve the vital needs of a growing world population with education and assistance focused on the unique interests of people and organizations aligned with U.S. agirculture. The Foundation will house Farm Journal's myriad of advocacy initiatives such as the Farmers Feeding the World campaign and elements of the Farm Journal Legacy Project.