Some of us live to eat and the lucky ones taste the finest cuisines humanity has to offer. On the other hand, there are also people who eat to live and the unfortunate ones suffers from malnutrition. Perhaps the majority of us are able to nourish ourselves with good balanced diet based on the food pyramid. Importantly, we know that food is essential for our physiological growth – a balance that is required to achieve a healthy body.
With world population reaching 7.2 billion on Jul 11, 2013 (World Population day) and could reach 11 billion by 2100, it seems very crucial that the human race is able to continue to feed itself. What can we, as conscious individuals, do to help ourselves and planet earth?
A report by Scientific America suggests a five-step global plan to double food production by 2050 while reducing environmental damage. This five pronged approach can achieve these goals: stop agriculture from consuming more tropical land, boost the productivity of farms that have the lowest yields, raise the efficiency of water and fertilizer use worldwide, reduce per capita meat consumption and reduce waste in food production and distribution. Please spread the news. You can refer to Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition about how to combat the paradox of food waste.
This is a good short film on food wasting, it is very educational and enlightening. Food wasting is as important as how to increase food production. They are both indirectly related to climate change and sustainability. This will affect us, if not our posterity, when we continue to ignore the signs and symptoms of an ailing mother earth. We should enlarge our love and belonging needs to include the earth so that we are able to continue to live as one human race in order to fulfil our physiological and safely needs in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
- Are you wasting food? (boomersurvive-thriveguide.typepad.com)
- Food industry criticised over waste (standard.co.uk)
- Now 7.2 billion humans, and counting (earthsky.org)
- World’s population could hit 11 billion by 2100 (science.nbcnews.com)