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Food Sustainability: Challenges

The United Nations is a prominent world organization that reviews various world problems. What many people don't realize is the amount of food they waste is not in hundreds of pounds, it's in billions of pounds. What does this mean for us as a society when those who are meant to better our situation contribute to the detriment?

The three main challenges to food sustainability are the world's economy, fossil fuels and ultimately our own actions. Before we even tackle the issue of food sustainability, we must touch up upon public health. Our public health is declining, evidenced by the life expectancy of many nations. In many African and Asian countries, failing economies due to decolonization, poverty, sickness and lack of food leads to a much shorter life expectancy. With the estimation of the world's population being 10.4 billion in the 2080s, the question to raise is: What can we do? As we know it, we are all guilty of negligence in our life.

Growing food without destroying our environment and supporting human life should be of utmost importance. As our world becomes severely overpopulated, there is not enough land space to grow food. Take for example, India. India is extremely overpopulated and it is getting increasingly harder to grow food. Why should we care? We can conserve resources for future generations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This can help give suffering individuals a chance to thrive. Ending world hunger is hard, but taking steps towards it is important. To eliminate hunger, Africa would need to change to a sustainable and resilient food system that delivers healthy meals. However, due to pollution and climate change, this is difficult. Yet, despite the challenge, it is possible. One in five face hunger in Africa. We need smart partnerships with NGOs. Youth can help! We can increase literacy and empower women in their nations. This is a critical issue.


Traditional methods including farming have faced hurdles because of climate change. We need to raise awareness with new methods. New methods such as agroforestry and new fishing practices for food security. We can reduce food waste and empower small scale farming through education. Education is power. We can nourish the continent and safeguard its ecosystems for a better future. Work Cited United Nations. (n.d.-a). Goal 2: Zero Hunger - United Nations Sustainable Development. United Nations. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/hunger/

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