Andrea M. Vázquez
January 22, 2013
Together, we can feed the world
Food scarcity is a serious problem the world is facing right now. In the past decades they have been avoiding this issue, but now it may be the reason for the downfall of the human race. As a civilization we have failed to deal with all these environmental issues for example eroding soils, water tables, rising temperatures, etc. These issues lead to food production problems. Costs of food keep rising at the same time death rates rise. Everyday there are more and more low-income countries are affected by the rising food costs because of trade and grain prices. The prices of food keep increasing because of different problems in the manufacturing of the food. Together, we must try to help scientist come up with solutions to save our only planet, before it’s too late. The demand for food in US is growing more; Americans can’t afford to lose food, it’s too valuable. Getting food to houses in the US takes up to 10% of the US total energy budget uses 50% of US land and takes 80%of freshwater consumed in US. But stilll40% of the food in US remains uneaten. People are throwing away $165 billion and 25% of freshwater and large amount of chemicals, energy and land away causing 25% of US methane emissions. Food saved by decreasing losses to 15% can feed more than 25milllion people in U.S a year, when now 1 in 6 Americans lack food on their tables. The average American consumer wastes 10x food as much as an average person in Southeast Asia, up 50% since the 1970s. We need to change our supply operation, enhance market incentives, and increase public awareness and adjustments in consumer behavior. A way people can reduce food waste at home is simple; reduce, reuse and recycle. Reduce consumerism when buying food that you don’t actually need. Before buying products ask yourself if you can leave that behind and try a meal without it. Reuse ingredients in other meals, or...
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