THE GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY PROBLEM

BENJAMIN CHUKWUEBUKA IROALA
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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.

SOURCES

https://us130urbansustainability.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/urbanization-in-developing-countries-current-trends-future-projections-and-key-challenges-for-sustainability_cohen.pdf

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/1714000.html
http://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/issue/

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6 thoughts on “THE GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY PROBLEM

  1. I definitely agree with your point about increasing the amount of community gardens in Chicago, however it may be even more vital to support affordable fresh food stores in low income neighborhoods. Community gardens are great, especially since they allow for members of the community to actively participate in providing healthier choices in their neighborhood. Yet, the gardens probably wouldn’t be able to fully provide the amount of fresh produce required for a given area. Not to mention it would be unusable during the winter months. If the city helped support community gardens as well as more indoor markets, co-ops, etc. that could even further help Chicago’s food security problem. Working with a combination of food options would probably best improve these food deserts.

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  2. This is a good article and brings up an important issue, but you may want to consider typing your article in Word or Google docs beforehand in order to correct a few grammar and spelling errors I saw, other than that you did good.

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  3. I also discussed issues of food disparity in my blog post. I never really considered community gardens as a possible solution to this problem. Your post really opened my eyes in how communities could take charge of the food available around them without depending on the government to intervene. All in all, it is going to require communities to take charge of their food supply and for governments to reduce the amount of regulation that is placed on those creating community gardens.

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  4. I like how you describe who these policies are affecting because it is a very real problem that we have in Chicago. We live in the midwest and are very close to many places in the United States, but we have one of the hardest food policies for people to have access to food. Healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables should be available to everyone, and then the food like chips, snack foods, and pop should be more hard to come by in stores. Even the issue that food deserts have no stores around that people have the ability to go to are very important to acknowledge because everyone should have food security. I also really appreciate how you provided a solution like more green spaces because those are sustainable ways to solve this issue.

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  5. This is really great blog. You started with viable issues but really touched on a dilemma most, especially those in a lower income have, do you pay more for “healthier” choices or feed your family (or yourself) less healthier but affordable food. Seriously, how important is sustainability in correlation with sustaining your budget to afford not only food but shelter and other necessities. I also liked that you have a proposed plan to try and curb fresh food pricing in all areas, regardless of income. Great job!

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  6. I actually wrote about a similar topic. I discussed how the food issues in Chicago can cause obesity, especially amongst children. One aspect that I didn’t really consider is the types of food children are receiving in school. We know that a lot of people don’t have access to healthy foods whether it be because of income or accessibility but, why should that affect children in school? I think Chicago should definitely look into to healthier food options for children, especially for those that don’t have access in their homes.

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