World Food Day

Food plays a huge role in everyone’s life. It’s necessary for our survival. We can’t live so long without food. The human body needs food to do many functions. If we take a well-balanced diet, that contains all the nutrition, it provides us the energy to keep active throughout the day. We know that diet impacts our health. We have heard it repeatedly. 

Healthy eating prevents obesity – the number one nutritional reason for disease. It improves the mood and boosts “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein) and decreases unhealthy triglycerides, which directly impact the risk of diabetes, stroke, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease. Likewise, healthy foods are beneficial for us.

 Sadly, everyone in this world is unable to have such a healthy diet. There are around 820 million people suffering from hunger while the larger sector of the world eats poor quality foods. Because of that, we can see, food security hasn’t been ensured for everyone.

Food security is defined as “A situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, societal, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life” (FAO, 2018). 

The United Nations’ sustainable development goals also include the eradication of hunger. For international development, food security is more complex than hunger. With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, people are asking about how to face the challenges that lie ahead. Therefore, we can take some steps to ensure food security by balancing food and nutritional security, embracing new technologies, taking a balanced approach to agriculture, stopping the spread of non-native invasive species, and creating more career opportunities in agriculture.

World food day 2022 is being marked by a year with ongoing crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic, conflicts, climate change, rising prices, and international tensions, that affect global food security. In a time like this let’s promote this awareness and help to ensure food security for everyone.

Written by : Rtr. Hesha Edmon

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