If you knew that there was currently enough food in the world to feed everyone, what would you say?
If you knew that 1 in 7 went to bed each night hungry, what would you do about it?
World hunger is a hot topic and most people are uniformed why food injustice is prevalent. Today, let’s uncover the truth about this topic and what you can do about it.
First, here are 7 facts about world hunger/food injustice.
1) GMOs are anything but sustainable. Contrary to what Monsanto (and Dow) want you to believe, GMO crops actually yield less, are not drought tolerant nor are they more nutritious.
2) Supply. We have more food than ever before! But genetically modified crops have made so many of our crops unedible. Corn sits in fields and bins, unable to be used until processed. If you’ve watched the documentary King Corn you will know that commercial farmers can’t even feed themselves. In order for these crops to be edible, they have to be processed first. And that corn turns into many processed substances like High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).
3) Poverty is the number one cause of world hunger. This includes unequal distribution, people’s resources and conflict. Food insecurity from a lack of wages (especially in third world countries) or greedy corporations performing what is called “land grabbing”.
4) Hunger is not just curable, it is preventable!
5) There is enough food in the world for everyone!
6) Food insecurity touches everyone- from wealthy countries to the poorest countries. Even here in the United States of America.
7) 50% of people that are hungry are small scale farmers- our food supply chain is broken and badly hurting.
What you can do about world hunger
Care. If people in Kenya are hungry, this matters to you! Start paying careful attention to the issue at hand and what you can do about it. Change and advocacy begins with you. Below are some resources for you.
Consume. Make a decision today to start eating only organic food or food not produced by Big Food brands and the brands they own. (These are the 10 brands that control what you eat: General Mills, Kelloggs, Kraft, Nestlé, Unilver, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, P&G, Mars.) Focus on buying food from local farmers. Support small companies. Shop at farmer’s markets. Join a co-op. Warning: some organic brands have been bought out by Big Food. So pay attention to what you are buying. Use this resource for educating yourself on who owns what. Know where your food comes from. Who grew your food? How did it get on your plate? How much did those farmers make? Look at the
Communities. Do you live in a community where you can build a community garden? What about helping those in conflict-stricken countries and helping to rebuild those communities. Work with organizations like Compassion International or Heifer International or local food banks. Note: Feeding America is a Monsanto-based charity and should be avoided at all costs.
In the states this week we celebrate Thanksgiving. As most of us enjoy about 4000 calories that day, let’s be reminded of those who don’t have food and what you and I can do about that. Food injustice can be prevented and it starts with you!
And lasting, if you are a believer, we have a great responsibility to help those in need but it really starts with what we put in our mouth. Start changing what we buy, where we buy it and begin to making changes with how we get our food from. Something to think about!
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cover photo credit: Jonathan Peters