In the US, 40% of food produced, or approximately 365 million pounds of food, is wasted each day. Food waste, however, is a problem that extends beyond America, affecting billions of people as a global issue. The overwhelming amounts of food that are being discarded contribute to global warming and climate change, and prevent the massive number of hungry people from being able to eat nourishing meals. Humanity as a whole must be more mindful of the Earth and its health, as we are the source which most directly affect it. Due to the profound environmental impacts of food waste, a reduction in the amount disposed is necessary to create a more sustainable environment, and humans have a responsibility to protect the planet, even if it requires drastic changes to the current food system.
The wastage is high in fruits and vegetables which is nearly 50 percent. With the decrease in the size of total farmland and in the number of farmers worldwide, and with the advance of industrial and service sectors at unimaginable pace, food production is not increasing at expected level. Moreover, the increased usage of food products for industrial requirements and bio fuels is also a reason for food scarcity. Apart from this, food production is badly hit by the drastic changes taking place in the climate. It’s a matter of grave concern that all these developments are resulting in hunger.
Food availability decline theory is vulnerable to criticism because it confined on food availability at local levels instead of including assessments on food availability at aggregate or macro levels. They argued that the crop failures due to natural disasters often result in high food prices, increased demand to deal with uncertainties. The decline in purchasing power affects the poor and those who are in trouble by bad weather to become food insecure (Lin and Yang 2000, cited in Galunde,
Jonathan Swift’s essay, A Modest Proposal, is famous for satirically suggesting that people start selling their babies for food, which would logically solve the overpopulation and starvation problem in the world. Despite this less than feasible solution, overpopulation is a serious problem in the world, given that there are over seven billion people alive currently. The excessive amount of people living in this world has an adverse effect on both society and the environment. The environment has been destroyed by human pollution and is depleted of natural resources due to the sheer amount of materials needed to support such a large population. In fact, many plastic water bottles used by people are discarded as trash and pollute bodies of water (Soechtig & Lindesy, 2009).
Food insecurity has many causes, including rising food prices, climate change, population growth, and inadequate income. First, Healthy food is just more expensive because the demand for unhealthy food is higher in the U.S. In addition to this, healthy food is more expensive due to global warming, as crop production is
Adapting to global warming made it difficult for farmers. But, there has also been a problem with the temperatures. The average annual temperature has increased by 0.5 degrees, which more frequent heavy rain storms and drought has increased also. Small farmers are trying to find a better to develop improved seeds and harvest them in difficult environmental conditions. The Program for Local Agrarian Innovation has benefitted about 50,00 farmers with international development aid.
The Early 1930’s was a dismal time for America. The people were living in horrible conditions. There seemed like there was no hope for America any more. Three problems that caused or worsened the Great Depression were increased tariffs, low wages, and the Stock Market Crash. First, tariffs worsened the Great Depression because increased taxes made it harder for people to buy products from out of country.
(Poppendieck 573) Hunger cannot be solved by simply giving the hungry free food, that only continues the cycle of hunger. Poppendieck believes that by solving the issue of inequality the issue of hunger will be solved as well. It is clear that the distribution of resources if uneven, but what does that mean for those with less? In the article Economic Inequality, Food Insecurity, and Erosion of Equality of Capabilities in the United States it states that "Because of increasing economic inequality in the united states, growing segments the U.S. economy have become more food insecure and obese, eating unhealthy food for survival." (Elmes 2) There's no doubt that healthy food is more expensive than processed foods so often times there are no fresh healthy foods in areas of high poverty.
Even the number of hungry people in the world exceeds the total population of US and European Union. Extreme hunger and mal¬nutrition remain as blockade to development and creates a set up from which people cannot easily go out. Hunger and malnutrition mean less productive individuals, who are more susceptible to disease and often unable to earn much more and improve their livelihoods. There are nearly 800 million people in this world who suffer from hunger worldwide, the major¬ity
Among the utmost crucial environmental issues is human overpopulation, mutely exacerbating the intensities that are behind environmental pollution, global warming habitat loss, rigorous farming habits. Depletion of limited natural resources for example fossil fuels, fresh water, and cultivable land, at a velocity that is much faster than the time it takes for them to restore. Even so, environmental issues are merely the beginning. Lower life expectancy in the fastest developing countries will experience a deprivation of their quality also length of life as they continue to increase population facing difficulties to resource food, water, housing, jobs, and energy to their growing inhabitants. That will eventually lead to major consequences for economic growth, a reduced access to medical care leading to poor health.