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Food Deserts, Food Sovereignty, and Urban Food Security

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Published on Jul 27, 2012

DANIEL BLOCK is a professor of geography at Chicago State University and the director of the Fred Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center. He has a particular interest in inner-city food access issues. He has completed a number of food access studies, including the Northeastern Illinois Community Food Security Assessment, a large scale food access study funded primarily through the Searle Funds of Chicago Community Trust. He also coordinated the Chicago Food and Fitness Initiative, a neighborhood-based plan bringing organizations interested in food security and fitness together in community projects. In an earlier project, he led a large food access study of the Austin neighborhood of Chicago's West Side. Dr. Block coordinates the Roseland-Pullman Urban Agriculture Network and is currently secretary of the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council, and is active in many community commissions on food access issues. Dr. Block has a Ph.D. in geography from UCLA, where he focused on milk, public health, regulation, and the rise of the modern American food system. He is a past president of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society.

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The annual Center for International Studies Summer Teacher Institute brings educators, researchers, and professionals together to explore various comparative and transnational issues of global significance.

The 2012 interdisciplinary 3-day institute explored the concept of global food security. Faculty, staff, and graduate students from the University of Chicago and other educational institutions from around the country spoke on the challenges to providing all people with physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, nutritious food. Intended primarily for elementary through community college educators, but open to all interested parties, the Institute addressed each theme through a series of presentations and discussions of curriculum development.

Coverage of the 2012 Institute:
http://cis.uchicago.edu/news/2011-201...

Learn more about the CIS Summer Teacher Institutes:
http://cis.uchicago.edu/outreach/summ...

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