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Beyond survival, food and its traditions help us understand cultures; effectively bridge conflicts; foster better understanding for public health; and serve as driving forces for good among organizations, governments and individuals, globally and domestically. As culinary diplomacy, food has been a geopolitical tool of persuasion since ancient Rome. Recently, food initiatives have evolved as effective tools of soft diplomacy to help resolve conflict and address real-world challenges, including managing agricultural and nutrition resources, addressing nutrition needs of uprooted populations, and collaborating to feed growing populations. Through the social gastronomy movement, chefs also use food for good to help others in need. Using the power of food as a collaborative tool, food and nutrition professionals can accelerate progress toward solving 21st century public health and food insecurity challenges and bridge cultural divides by engaging various stakeholders globally and domestically.
CPE Level: 2
Learning Codes: 1040, 6010, 8130
- Explain why food insecurity drives conflicts and how food can serve as a tool of soft power and policy- and peace-building that can address global geopolitical challenges and complexities.
- Recognize interdisciplinary platforms and initiatives that exist for working in the fields of culinary diplomacy, conflict resolution, and civic engagement both globally and domestically.
- Identify at least three roles that food and food traditions can play to enhance social cohesion among displaced people and their host communities, empowering the attendee to recognize his or her own need for cultural and global knowledge and perspective.
- Tatyana El-Kour, MA, MS, RDN, FAND
- Johanna Mendelson Forman, JD, PhD
- Roberta Duyff, MS, RDN FAND