Feeding an Urban World: A Call to Action, published in June 2013, is the fourth report in the Emerging Leaders Perspectives series. The report by The Chicago Council’s Emerging Leaders Class of 2013 offers an action plan for analyzing and addressing the issue of urban food security and the dual challenges of under-nutrition and obesity that have beset many urban centers. It proposes Chicago utilize its extensive corporate, academic, philanthropic, and public policy resources to assume a leadership role and become a model for other cities in addressing the challenges of feeding urban populations.
Healthy, safe, nutritious food at an affordable price is particularly difficult to come by in urban centers with concentrated poverty such as Nairobi, Mumbai, and Jakarta. In many ways, Chicago and other urban centers in the developed world are no different. As a long-standing leader in food production and distribution, historically earning the city the titles of ‘Nature’s Metropolis’ and ‘Hog Butcher to the World,’ Chicago is well positioned to spearhead efforts to address the emerging urban food issues of the 21st century.
The 21 Emerging Leaders who contributed to the report have experience in business, education, public affairs, law, and civic leadership in Chicago. They devoted a year to in-depth study of urban food security, including a trip to Washington DC and discussions with thought leaders across the country.
Support for the Emerging Leaders program is generously provided by John F. Manley, the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation, and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.