Global food deficiency – can it be solved?

I had intended to begin this post on a discouraging note and end on an even more damaging one. But based on the research I garnered, that is not the case.  I had thought the structural mass consumption in the capitalist system would have been very difficult to surmount…

The problem of food shortage can be solved as there are upstream pressures to end food wastage. This stems from the need to fight climate change and the political will to care for the famished. Food wastage in the United Kingdom was linked to ‘…at least 20m tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions‘ in 2015. (The Guardian, 15 Mar 2016) These gases lead to increased global warming. As such, 98 UK companies had voluntarily committed to reducing food wastage by 20% in roughly a decade.  Similarly, the red dot of Singapore has concerns whether its Semakau Landfill can absorb more waste and its government has been encouraging actions towards cutting wastage volumes. In France, laws were passed in 2016 to ban the disposal of unsold food. These have resulted in expanded partnerships with food charities, like  Food from the Heart (Singapore), to pass the food onto the hungry. In this manner, food shortages are relieved.

[For the case in India, see this article entitled <NFSA: Government plans to revamp public distribution system> from the The Indian Express (26 Sep 2016).]




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