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Food to be the topic at Thursday’s Seminars at Steamboat event

Christopher Barrett

— Food might be bountiful in the United States, but that’s not the case in some parts of the world.

“I think that’s something that really needs to be a concern to us all, because the population is growing in the world, and unless something is done, the problem is going to be worse than it is now,” Seminars at Steamboat Chairman Robert Stein said.

Thursday’s second Seminars at Steamboat event will begin at 5 p.m. at the Strings Music Pavilion. Free tickets will be distributed starting at 4:15 p.m.

The speaker will be Christopher Barrett, a professor of applied economics and management and an international professor of agriculture at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Barrett is also a professor in the university's Department of Economics and is a fellow of its David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Barrett’s talk is titled "Food or Consequences? Global Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability."

Stein said that, when choosing speakers, the Seminars at Steamboat board invites unbiased people to speak on important national and international issues.

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Stein said food production and distribution in parts of the world is being impacted by things like politics and global warming.

“People that had enough to eat, barely, now don’t,” Stein said. “What do you do about it?”

Stein said there are going to be increased food shortages that will present national security concerns.

He added the question Barrett will address is: What are some of the policies that can be implemented to get food where it needs to go?

Stein said about 450 attended the first Seminars event of the season on July 20. The two other events will be Aug. 13 and Aug. 24.

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