Reporter Jonathan Miller spoke at Ithaca College today about the complex and dynamic topic of the food industry and its link to progress. More specifically, how journalists can report on these issues. His talk was called “The Journalist’s Dilemma: How to boil the global food system down to spoon-sized savings without losing al its complexity and flavor?”
Here are the top takeaway points from Miller’s lecture and Q&A:
- He discussed a massive list of the issues that surround food politics including (but not limited too) food production, demand, population, hunger and malnutrition, poverty, water and land, prices, plant breeding, yield gap, agronomy, multifunctionality, organic vs. nonorganic, large vs. small scale, energy, biofuels, and pollution.
- Great quote: "There’s no "we" who will feed the world. The world must feed itself."
- 40% of all food is wasted or lost.
- Miller thinks the key to a good story – something that many journalists miss – is the scene. Often, news reports and journalistic stories will rely on a source talking about an event. However, a good story is momentous and captures the incredible happenings in our world. As he said so bluntly, "The privilege of a journalists is to be in a place when something is occurring."
- Book recommendation: The Countdown by Alan Weisman
- Five different radio documentaries and media piece were shown to the audience
- Closing words: "You can not let your passion obliterate your responsibility for journalism."
Jonathan Miller will be on the Dissonant Environments panel with new media artists Leila Nadir and Cady Peppermint on Wednesday in Hill 104 at 7:00pm. In addition he will meet with students and the public at the Annual FLEFF Lab on Friday at 1:00pm in Park 223.