30 Nov. 2015. A third of the food produced today becomes thrown away. But, by 2050 the world will need to increase its food production by 60 percent to feed all the people. The total cost of food wastage is near 2.6 trillion dollars, including environmental costs and social costs. --- Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations.
In contrast, there is countless research on how people that live in these “food deserts” are being affected the most are low-income areas as of today. USDA had reported that nearly ten percent of the US population lives more than an hour away from a grocery store.
Food waste is harmful both financially and environmentally. 40% of American’s food never goes to table, which cost 105 billion in the economy, the number for global is 750 billion. For environmental perspective, methane gas is 20 or 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide, which cut back on the global warming.
Meaning of Food Consuming food is not only getting nutrients but also gaining symbols and meanings of foods. In Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin's "Aphorisms of the Professor," he said "tell me what food you eat and I will know what kind of person you are" (Bauer 68). This means that food culture is what we eat, how we eat and why we eat it, and we can find those through what type of food they eat. Food is a factor that can describe us and the food we eat determines who we are as a person. Our food choices can be define with these factors such as identity, survival, status and humanity.
FAO reported that 2008 was the second largest crop in history. That same year, according to Action International, five million children died of hunger. It has been shown that the planet can produce food for a population more significant than the current one. However, 1.02 billion people suffer from famine (1 in 6.5), and 100 million more joined last years. The poor are not responsible for hungry lives, without water and electricity.
In his article, Steve Boygan indicates that “every pound of beef you don’t eat could save anywhere from 2,500-5,000 gallons of water.” Places such as Ogallala Aquifer (one of the world’s biggest aquifers currently being depleted by 13 trillion tons of water per Year) and many others of the sorts, could finally be spared water. Therefore not eating beef could help the environment. In the 80s and 90s, many of the population changed to low-flow shower heads. And as that did save 2,500 gallons per year, giving up beef alone could double that, making it a whopping 5,000 gallons saved per year. Giving up meat would save many livestock from having to live in an abusive environment.
Fourteen billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the ocean every year. And most of that is plastic or harmful chemicals. Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year. People who live in places with high levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from lung cancer than people who live in less polluted areas, As stated by DoSomething.org. We have to find a way to polluting the waters.
Reducing food loss and waste is their mission. They provide the needed information on the best ways to reduce, recover, and recycle for food loss and waste. Anybody can join this cause by following three simple steps: reduce, recover, and recycle. According to USDA, you can reduce food waste by improving product development, storage, marketing and cooking methods. You can recover food waste by donating to food donors like food banks and pantries.
An RWL Water article by Linda Paulson published on January 4,2013. The goal is to be treating 80% of their sewage by the Olympics, but according to a BBC News article by Julia Carneiro published on January 10,2014, Rio’s Deputy Secretary of Environment, Gelson Serva, said that only 34% of Rio’s Sewage is treated-the rest is spilled raw into the waters. Leona Deckelbaum, the coordinator of the NGO My Rio campaign says the level of fecal matter in Guanabara bay, where athletes will be sailing, is 198 times higher than the legal limit in the United States she is quoted as saying,”I wouldn’t put my little pinky toe in it”; but this worries more than just the U.S. team. According to a The Atlantic article by Olga Khazan published on April 18,2014, the Irish sailing team 's performance director, James O’Callaghan, said “As a result (of
Just over 25 years ago only one-third of the United States’ waters were safe for fishing and swimming. Agricultural runoff resulted in the erosion of 2.25 billion tons of soil and the deposit of large amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen into many waters. In addition to this water treatment plants only served 8 million people. The Clean Water Act of 1972 was created to better control water pollution in the United
Desalination challenges The expenditure for desalination equipment and systems is around $14 billion over the next five years and little R&D is done to improve this technology. The other problem is small profit margins, single digit in most cases, with a lot of competition. Most of the big companies have gone out of the business; DuPont for
It cost the Texas Department of Criminal Justice $83 to execute a prisoner by lethal injection alone. The Attorney General alone donates 15% of his budget, to death penalty cases. Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 per year. It cost more than $31,000 to keep someone in prison for a year. The most recent report is that only fifteen states have gotten rid of it all together.
", 2016). In the Ocean crusaders article about plastic statistics (2012), it states that Australia uses 6.9 billion plastic bags a year which turns out to be 36,700 tonnes of plastic that ends up in landfill and only 10% of Australians recycle them. Australia is all about
In agreement with The Sentencing Project (2004), there has been a 500% increase over the past forty years; leading to overcrowding and concerns regarding inmates and correctional officer’s safety. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2015), prison population has increased an average of 1.8% from 2004 to 2013 with a recent decrease of 2.5% into 2014. The federal prison population decreased by over five-thousand inmates from 2013 to 2014. Over half of the prison population was serving time for drug offenses in 2014. The estimated one million prisoners in 2014 represent the smallest total prison population since 2005.