We have it pretty good in America. When we're hungry, we can run to the nearest restaurant or grocery store for our favorite burger or salad. When we need a snack we head to the neighborhood convenience store on the corner. We live in a country where we enjoy the safest, most abundant and affordable food supply in the world, right at our fingertips.
Our ability to largely find what we want, when we want it is in large part due to the hard work and innovation of America's farmers, ranchers and growers. Today, each agriculture producer is responsible for supplying food for more than 150 people. That's a modern miracle many of us take for granted. However, there's more for them to do.
June 13, 2011, 04:49 pm
By Reps. John Culberson (R-Texas), Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.)
Twenty years ago, if you wanted to contact your member of Congress, you mailed them a letter or picked up your home phone and called their office. Today you can send a text from your mobile phone or an email from your iPad. In a little over a decade, the Internet has revolutionized the relationship between elected representatives and their constituents. Now, almost every member has a “digital office” and online presence with virtual office hours to serve constituents around the clock.
With an estimated 1 million people moving into cities each week, experts predict that the population in the world’s cities will double by 2050. Already more than half of the world’s population lives in an urban area. This rapid urbanization poses both opportunities and challenges for cities and their residents. Cities face aging infrastructure, declining budgets, changing demographics and increasing threats. At the same time, information and communication technology offers our cities the possibility to understand and diagnose their problems. They can be better places to live and work if they embed intelligence into their operations – and that’s starting to happen.
Today, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., is hosting a forum to illuminate some of the ways cities can get smarter using information and communication technology, even in these times of fiscal restraint.