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                                                                                           Rapid Rise of Asian Middle Class Likely
                       By Freddy Groves                                                    To Revamp Global Food Systems
                                                                           U.S. Grains Council Previews                                          the needs of the Asian middle                          ing mega-market will influence          NEW ASIAN SYSTEM OF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FOOD SAFETY
          Vet Centers Going Mobile
                                                                        A Changing Vision of World                                               class in a sustainable manner                          the global food system and our
                                                                        Food Demands in 2040                                                     through trade," Dorr said.                             two nations' participation in it,"
                                                                          WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb-                                                                                                        said Geoffrey Wiggin, USDA's             Asia does not yet have a well-
  Have you checked out the Vet Center near you? These Depart- ruary 24, 2012 — The sophis-                                                          U.S. attitudes about feeding                        FAS Minister-Counselor in To-          developed food safety and in-
ment of Veterans Affairs Centers provide dozens of health services, ticated food demands of newly                                                the world are likely to change                         kyo.                                   spection system, but this could
perhaps more than you'd expect.                                         affluent consumers in China                                              too. "Many of the agribusi-                                                                   change through use of 21st-cen-
  The Vet Centers were started in 1979 as a response to the need and other developing nations                                                    nesses and agricultural organi-                           Food 2040 outlines the fol-         tury nanotechnology, biotech-
to help Vietnam-era veterans adjust to civilian life. Since then the are likely to cause major change                                            zations that comprise the U.S.                          lowing possibilities for signifi-     nology, information technology
eligibility for assistance has been expanded to include other eras in U.S. farming and food pro-                                                 Grains Council are starting to                          cant change in the global food        and logistics systems.
of hostility. Since 2003, the services include bereavement help for duction, Asian food policy and                                               review possibilities for meet-                          system.
spouses, parents and siblings of veterans who died on active duty, world trade, according to Food                                                ing the needs and capturing the                                                                 FOOD AS A SERVICE
as well as substance-abuse assessment and referral, job assessment 2040, a new study of emerging                                                 economic value that ascendency                           GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS
and referral, brain injury screening, benefits help and more. The food trends in Asia by the U.S.                                                of the Asian middle class repre-                        RESTRUCTURED TO SUIT                    By 2040, 70 percent of con-
Centers, 207 of them across the country, had more than a million Grains Council (USGC).                                                          sents," said USGC Chairman Dr.                          CHINA'S MIDDLE CLASS                  sumer food expenditures in Ja-
visits last year.                                                                                                                                Wendell Shauman, an Illinois                                                                  pan will go toward foods pre-
  In addition to the Centers themselves, the VA has had 50 mo-             USGC President and Chief                                              corn farmer and member of the                              China is the world's fastest       pared outside the home, and
bile vans going to areas that don't have easy access to the regional Executive Officer Thomas C.                                                 Illinois Corn Marketing Board.                          growing economy, and because          China is likely to adopt Japan's
medical centers. These fully outfitted recreational vehicles, with Dorr presented a preview of                                                   "Working together with trad-                            of the sheer size of its popula-      rapid acceptance of foods pre-
spaces divided into private rooms, head out to rural areas for on- Food 2040 today at the U.S. De-                                               ing partners around the world                           tion, Chinese demand will re-         pared outside the home.
the-spot counseling, information and referral for military sexual partment of Agriculture's annual                                               to understand emerging trends,                          shape the global food industry
trauma, marriage and family counseling, bereavement counseling Agricultural Outlook Forum.                                                       we can use a convergence of                             over the next 20 years. Although        FOOD AS A SERVICE
and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.                                                                                                              science, technology and policy                          India is expected to surpass Chi-
  In the event of a natural disaster, these vans also can serve as sup-    "Growing affluence in China                                           reform to meet changing food                            na in population numbers, China          Food 2040 envisions a prolif-
port centers. They have phone lines, computers, WiFi and DVD, could change people's diets and                                                    demands and capture the eco-                            is likely to remain the dominant      eration of specialty markets and
satellite dish, fridge, first aid, a defibrillator and more.            the global food system. Con-                                             nomic potential of new Asian                            economy within the timeframe          product differentiation in Asia.
  And now there are an additional 20 vans out on the road to serve sumers will expect more choice,                                               consumers."                                             of Food 2040.                         This is not a new concept for
rural areas. To read the list of locations for the new vans, go to the quality, convenience and safety                                                                                                                                         the United States, where the av-
VA's website and put "new mobile vet centers" in the search box.        in their food purchases," Dorr                                             The U.S. Department of Ag-                             CHINA AS WORLD BIO-                  erage U.S. supermarket carries
  To find the Vet Center nearest you, go online to www.va.gov and said.                                                                          riculture's Foreign Agricultural                        SCIENCE LEADER                        almost 40,000 items, but when
put "find Vet Center" in the search box, or call 800-827-1000.                                                                                   Service (FAS) is assisting the                                                                four billion people around the
  If you go to a Stand Down this year, you'll likely see those vans        Food 2040 also reveals impor-                                         Council with the launch of Food                            Agricultural biotechnology         world with very different cul-
in place.                                                               tant implications for agricultural                                       2040 in Japan. "Japan and the                           may no longer be dominated by         tures and diets begin to enjoy
                                                                        trade policy between the United                                          United States are longstanding                          U.S. technology. China is on a        that degree of consumer choice
   Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Ser- States and Asian nations. "We                                                     trading partners, and we under-                         path to global bioscience lead-       it will significantly affect global
vice, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to are seeing China become more                                                    stand each other well. Now, our                         ership, driven by major central       food production, processing and
columnreply @ gmail.com .                                               open to acceptance of new tech-                                          two nations must learn more                             government investments to meet        distribution systems.
   (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.                                   nology, such as agricultural bio-                                        about China and develop an un-                          its own food needs and a desire
                                                                        technology, which can help meet                                          derstanding of how this emerg-                          to be an export leader.


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                                                                                                                                                 Career Exploration Day
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                                                                       •       Submit two letters of                                                More than 800 high school                           them insight to the fast paced         attended career day. "It was a
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ma City Community College                      on your calendar.     ters are required to complete a                                             Health Center Friday, March 2                          health care.                           things you can do."
(OCCC) awards thousands of                       •        Complete and double
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lege freshmen. With the Fresh-      "There are numerous oppor-         •      Submit all official high                                           gives area students a one-stop-                         cist, nurse, respiratory thera-       Technology Center, Chandler,
man Scholarship deadline set for tunities for students to qualify school transcripts - including                                                 shop opportunity to learn about                         pist, nutritionist, lab technician    Deer Creek, Edmond Memorial,
Thursday, March 1, now is the for both financial assistance the first semester of the senior                                                     a variety of jobs in health care.                       and many more professionals.          El Reno, Francis Tuttle Technol-
time to apply as well as submit and scholarships at OCCC," year (seven semesters total).                                                                                                                 Students will be able to view         ogy Center, Mount Saint Mary,
all materials for the fall 2012 Jon Horinek, recruitment and Transcripts should state overall                                                       "Students often think a career                       actual radiology and hospital         Putnam City North, John Mar-
semester. The scholarship ap- admissions director, said. "Our grade point average and class                                                      in health care means being a                            equipment, educational videos         shall and Yukon.
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                                  education well within the reach college transcript of course                                                   care today," said Jill Wimmer,                          show can't provide.                   they have lots of choices," said
   Steps students should take:    of all students. High School se- completion — if students have                                                 Mercy recruitment manager.                                                                    Bill Peterson, Mercy executive
  •          Visit	http://www. niors should apply now."              completed college course work                                               "This event isn't a lecture or                            "We had the opportunity to          director of human resources.
occc.edu/admissions/scholar-        The Freshman Scholarship while in high school                                                                some boring intro to health care;                       feel a pig's lung, practice giv-      "Every year students find the
ship-freshmen.html and click is a one-year scholarship for a           •       Submit a copy of offi-                                            this is an exciting hands-on ex-                        ing a shot and even take part in      experience invaluable because
                                  total of 30 credit hours (exclud- cial ACT score.                                                              perience for students to see what                       a mock Code Blue," said Mus-          they can see firsthand how nu-
                                  ing fees). To be considered, ap-                                                                               they would get to do as a health                        tang's Caitlin Prinzo, a Bishop       merous the opportunities are in
          Pick-Up                 plicants must have a minimum         Students should submit all
                                  GPA of 3.25 or have an ACT forms and requested documents
                                                                                                                                                 care professional. We don't just
                                                                                                                                                 tell them about it, they get to see
                                                                                                                                                                                                         McGuinness Catholic High
                                                                                                                                                                                                         School student who previously
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               health care. The possibilities re-
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