FOOD SHORTAGE, WASTE AND INSECURITY: A REALITY WE AWAIT OR NOT?

Since the pandemic broke earlier in the year experts, have predicted that the world might be experiencing food shortage anytime soon. Even before the pandemic these assumptions have been making waves which have made humans in general weary of what is about to befall the world in its entirety if it eventually hits the globe.

In this article, I’ll be bringing to your knowledge and sharing with you opinions and facts about food shortage, food waste and food insecurity.

Some school of thought disagree about such a thing on the basis that, it doesn’t exist and wouldn’t be happening as predicted while some agree. Those who agree gave instances that, practically all grocery’s store were emptied out during the pandemic our day to day essential items were no longer available for purchase because of panic buying and people constantly stocking up. I find some truth in this opinion and I’ll be giving instances that shows this prediction to be true.

However, let’s keep in mind that, United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP, estimated that we are 7.2 billion people on earth currently and by 2050, an estimate of 2.5 billion people would have been added to our number. One major challenge the world has suffered from over time is Food insecurity — where land boarders aren’t protected enough and where adequate attention ain’t given to farm produce from when they are cultivated on farm, up to time of harvest, to time it’s transported to the market.

THE ISSUES

We’ve seen overtime that many of these produce get spoilt before reaching where it can be sold. United States Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, backed this claim up with an estimate that, one third of food produced worldwide is wasted. The estimate by EPA says, food waste comprised of the fourth largest material category Municipal Solid waste in 2018.
Let’s bring it to the grassroot, in our homes do we cook in moderation or we rather cook in excess and turn the leftovers in the bin. How can food wastage be avoided? How can we prevent food waste in general?.

During the pandemic this even hit harder across local farms and also in the retail markets because many of these produce couldn’t be transported they were left to rot away even when they were tagged essential workers they still experienced difficulty in getting food across to those who genuinely needed it. How can one secure our foodways and the chain of distribution properly?

Food shortage “occurs when food supplies within a bounded region do not provide the energy and nutrients needed by that region’s population. Food shortage is most easily conceptualized as a production problem, but constraints on importation as well as storage can also cause or contribute to food shortage.” (Source: UN University website)

Published by Temitopedancer

My name is ÌyanuOlúwa Fágbiyè Tèmítọ́pẹ́ (Pen name: temitopedancer) I am the founder and team lead at My Cookery Zone. I'm an Anthropologist, multimedia Journalist / broadcaster, food blo gger, and food writer.

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