BENJAMIN CHUKWUEBUKA IROALA
The global food security problem is an issue that contributes to public health issues because not everyone is eating healthy and getting the vital nutrients for a healthy life and in Chicago it is also prevalent because there is a huge gap between the income levels of the different social groups or classes found in the city. Therefore some people get to buy healthy organic vegetables and such whilst some only get to be able to buy for example a mac Donald meal because it is cheaper than buying proper life nourishing meals. Furthermore, Chicago is a very urbanized city with a high population, estimated to be around 10 million thus there will be food issues and with urban global population said to increase, this issue needs to be addressed and addressed with all seriousness because the three main ingredients for life are: Water, Air and FOOD. And without these vital elements, man cannot survive that is also why pollution should not be tolerated at all because if one or all of the three main factors for life are contaminated, we will all perish!!
With population growth it becomes harder for cities to provide the services their citizens need. In Barney Cohen’s words ‘’urban growth throughout the developing world is seriously outstripping the capacity of most cities to provide adequate services for their citizens’’. What that means in terms of Chicago is that with its already high population and the inevitable increase in population tomorrow, the cities officials will find it hard to have healthy food for everybody at an affordable price because the urban poor/low income population is high as well.
However, The best course of action to be taken right now to ensure that Chicagoans can get cheap and quick access to fresh produce and meat is that the government should support community gardens and enforce a rule that there should be a garden for each community within a certain mile from each other. Furthermore, there should be a regulation of the amount of food supplied and orders should be made close to estimation and not way above estimation to minimize wastage, because a lot of food goes to waste, at restaurants, grocery stores etc. There is food for everybody to eat at an affordable price but some people just have too much to themselves.
This plan would be beneficial in various ways in that it leads to sustainability and sustainable practices because waste would be limited, everybody would have enough for themselves because there wouldn’t be an over supply, plus with the community gardens, people are sure to get fresh produce because each community would have a percentage of land dedicated to growing fruits and veggies and just general green space. This would then lead to the solution, which is the mitigation of the global food security problem for Chicago.