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In October, Thunder Head Clearing, the animated short film about the IFST, screens at the 10th Kuala Lumpur Eco International Film Festival in Malaysia, a festival that features creative work leading to a sustainable healthier world. 

Also in October, the World Affairs Council in Portland, Oregon features a presentation on the IFST, including a screening of Thunder Head Clearing (details to follow).

In February, the Progressive Spirit radio program features an interview with IFST Association director John Teton and subsequently releases it for syndication and as a podcast. Listeners can find links to the podcast here.


On October 22, IFST Campaign Director John Teton gave the keynote presentation at a meeting of the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County in California, Press Release IFISBC (PDF). Titled THE INTERFAITH MOONSHOT: The Calling of the IFST Mission to End Hunger, the presentation included the first U.S. large-screen viewing of THUNDER HEAD CLEARING, the animated short film about the IFST. To view a video of the event complied from camcorder recordings made by audience members, see

August - The 2016 Harvard International Review publishes On the Origin of a Hunger-Free Species By Means of Enforceable Natural Law. This key article about the International Food Security Treaty (IFST) may be found on the website of this prestigious journal, which has published essays by many prominent figures in world affairs, including Bill Clinton, Ban Ki-moon, Nelson Mandela, Amartya Sen, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Kofi Annan, and The Dalai Lama.

In January, Earthlight Pictures released THUNDER HEAD CLEARING, an independently-financed animated short film promoting the IFST, via film festivals and free distribution on YouTube and elsewhere on the World Wide Web. Press Release (PDF)


On October 14, the IFST had its debut presentation at a major United Nations food security conference. Speaking about the Treaty were IFST Campaign founding director John Teton, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right-To-Food Hilal Elver, and AIM – India founding director Sanjay K. Rai. The event included screenings of statements from US Congressional Representatives Lois Capps and Earl Blumenauer and a preview of Thunder Head Clearing, the animated short film about the IFST released in January 2016 on YouTube. Press Release (PDF)

In October, a new chapter of the IFSTC, IFST Campaign – India is founded, based in Lucknow and New Delhi, India


Yale Law School
The Orville Schell Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School presented a
talk on the IFST by IFST Association Director John Teton on October 7th, 2010.
Yale Website Announcement

International Food Security Treaty Featured in Harvard Magazine,
a general interest publication with a worldwide circulation of nearly one-quarter million.
Article in May-June, 2011 Issue

The Institute For The Future
IFST Director John Teton appeared as a guest expert presenting the International Food Security Treaty to the Institute's 2010 Ten-Year Forecast Conference in Sausalito, California on April 26, 2010.
Video of John Teton Addressing the Institute For the Future (7 min.)

Since 2000, International Food Security Treaty presentations in the United States have taken place at many venues including major universities and Capitol Hill. Among them have been the following:

January, 2009: New York University
The International Food Security Treaty (IFST) was discussed in a panel at the New York University Master’s Program in Global Public Health's ongoing series Conversations in Global Public Health on January 23rd, 2009.
New York University Press Release

April, 2008: The U.S. Senate & Johns Hopkins University

The International Food Security Treaty (IFST) was the focus of presentations for members and staff of the U.S. Senate and for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on April 16th and 17th, 2008.

IFST at Johns Hopkins

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October, 2007:  University of Washington School of Law
On Monday, October 22, 2007, John Teton, the Director of the International Food Security Treaty Campaign, lectured at the William H. Gates PUBLIC SERVICE LAW SCHOLARSHIP Speaker Series.
University of Washington School of Law Speaker Series Announcement

April and October, 2005: University of California, San Francisco
On October 17, 2005, medical students at the University of California, San Francisco presented a program on the International Food Security Treaty (IFST). Titled “Human Rights, Public Health, and the Food Security Treaty,” the program featured Dr. Robert S. Lawrence, founder and director of the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and John Teton, founder and director of the International Food Security Treaty Campaign.

March, 2004: Congressional Human Rights Caucus

House Caucus Briefing on Hunger – Testimony Transcript

May, 2001: University of California at Santa Barbara Center for Global Studies

February, 2001: University of California at Los Angeles School of Law

January, 2001: University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law

April, 2000: Harvard University Law School Human Rights Program

Giant Leap, the IFSTC Newsletter

Publication of our newsletter Giant Leap, is expected to recommence during 2012.
Archival copies of earlier editions

For inquiries regarding the planning or scheduling of IFST events,
contact the IFST Association at

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