Commodities reporter Alan Bjerga grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota. This experience sparked an early interest in agriculture and the issue of "food security" among people in developing nations.
In 2011, Alan Bjerga published Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest. This provocative book examines the twenty-first century food crisis that has led to hunger, malnutrition, and social upheaval. Even though more food is currently being grown than ever before, Mr. Bjerga explains how political manipulation has made it difficult for poor people throughout the world to be able to get the food they need to thrive.
A firm believer in the power of the press, Alan Bjerga has been active in many different journalism groups throughout his career. He was the 2010 president of the National Press Club, a professional organization and private social club for journalists that often meets with prominent people such as ambassadors, political figures, businessmen, entrepreneurs, athletes, and entertainers.
Mr. Bjerga has received numerous awards for his work. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Glenn Cunningham Award from the North American Agricultural Journalists. He has also been recognized for his reporting by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Kansas Press Association, the New York Press Club, and the Overseas Press Club.
Alan Bjerga has a bachelor's in history and English literature from Concordia College. He served as editor of the student newspaper, The Concordian, while earning his undergraduate degree. He went on to receive his master's in mass communication from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, where he was the managing editor of their campus newspaper, The Minnesota Daily.