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WORLD FOOD DAY TELECONFERENCE OCT. 14


OCT. 7, 2005--The 22nd Annual World Food Day teleconference, "Reflections on Fighting Hunger, Roads Not Taken, The Journey Ahead," will be broadcast on Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the President's Room of the Student Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In addition, noted author and food activist Leon Hesser will give a presentation on campus at noon.

The broadcast marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the teleconference will focus on the 60-year battle for food security for all citizens. Because the world now produces enough food to feed everyone, yet 800 million people are chronically undernourished, the teleconference will explore a range of solutions to end the world's most enduring human tragedy.

At 11 a.m. the teleconference opens with Frances Moore Lappé, author of "Diet for a Small Planet," a book that has sold millions of copies since its publication in 1971 as well as a dozen other books. Lappe is the co-founder of Food First Institute and the Small Planet Institute; both organizations are dedicated to inform and research world hunger. Daniel Zwerdling, who is a senior correspondent with National Public Radio, will host the teleconference. Other noted food activists will also speak during the teleconference.  

After Lappe's presenation, Hesser will speak at noon in the President's Room. Hesser is the author of "Nurture the Heart, Feed the World--The Inspiring Life Journeys of Two Vagabonds," which chronicles Hesser and his wife Florence's life journey--how they went from farmers to earning their Ph.D.s and then to a life of dealing with the challenges of world hunger and illiteracy. His first book, "The Taming of the Wilderness," is a historical study of Indian territory, and his forthcoming book, "The Man Who Fed The World:   Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger" is an authorized biography of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Borlaug. Hesser is a former U.S. state department official and has worked for decades as a consultant to Asia, Africa, Easter Europe, Russia and Ukraine.

At 1 p.m. the documentary "Silent Killer," produced by John de Graaf and Hana Jindrova, will be broadcast. It examines problems and solution for ending world hunger. Hosted by Scott Simon, the film presents real situations and what has been done in order to help viewers understand the food crisis. It will be followed by an interactive question and answer forum.            

The 2005 teleconference will be translated into French and Spanish while it reaches more than 1,000 sites internationally. The broadcast originates in Washington, D.C. The U.S. World Food Day Committee, which is composed of 450 private voluntary organizations, sponsors this event.

The UW-RF event is free and open to the public. For more information contact UW-RF Leadership Center at 715-425-4911

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