Millions of people go hungry each day, yet we’re growing more food than we did in the past.
The obesity epidemic is growing in the United States and taking hold in many developed countries around the globe. Many of us have our minds on this, and often forget the other face of food issues around the world.
It’s a fact that people living in poverty and war torn countries are often short of food and starving.
Organizations like the Red Cross try to help with the food distribution problem, getting nutritious food out to those who need it, in time.
And celebrations like World Food Day, which took place earlier this month, can help us reflect on our eating habits and those of people who are less fortunate.
But there’s one question that isn’t always talked about: is there really enough food on planet Earth, to feed everyone?
According to Oxfam, the world produces 17% more food per person today than it did just 30 years ago.
It’s estimated that close to 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night, most of them living in South East Asia, Africa and Central and South America. Unequal access to land to grow food and money to buy it, as well as climate change are at the root of the problem.
That being said, the organization insists that enough food is being produce on the globe to feed every hungry mouth.
How can you help hungry people both locally and globally? Support your community’s food bank with regular donations, and if there isn’t one around, consider getting some supportive neighbors together to build one.
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