Founder Harry G. Hayman speaks out about the current challenging environment and what needs to happen next.
Despite that our world produces enough food to feed over 10 billion people, nearly one in seven people across the globe are hungry. Hunger is an ever-increasing global issue; the UN has established ending world hunger by 2030 as one of its sustainable development goals, but as of 2021, it is not on track to fulfill this goal. Feeding our future, given the current population and economic growth, will require that global crop yields double by 2050. This will result in more pollution, deforestation, and rapid acceleration of the climate crisis. “A lot of the hunger issues can be addressed by supply chain and logistics expertise –more efficiently allocating our resources will go a long way to curb our current worldwide food insecurity” states entrepreneur and founder of Feed Philly Coalition, Harry G. Hayman
Steadily decreasing across the world, the world hunger situation is improving, and there are many things you can do to eliminate this crisis. With sufficient food production technology and integrated programs addressing community food demands, world hunger can be eliminated. The factors worsening the crisis involve population growth, livestock, and food waste.
Harry mentions, “To address food insecurity, it is going to take a lot of stakeholders working together. That is why when we started our 501 C, we started it as a ‘coalition.’”
Almost one billion people are hungry and living without adequate nourishment, and the people most severely impacted are those already living in poverty. The areas of the world with the greatest numbers of people facing food insecurity also have high fertility rates and rapid population growth. This increases the challenge of meeting their nutritional needs. Addressing the health needs of families in developing countries, including access to family planning, increased agricultural productivity, and investment in infrastructure can help slow population growth, improve the health of families, and enhance their food security. While population control is viewed negatively, as if we are being controlled by Big Brother, it is a logical consideration to help address the food insecurity crisis.
Food waste is a tremendous issue, especially in wealthy areas of the world. Resulting from indulgent food systems, our current methods require urgent funding and reform. Consumers should only purchase the food they eat, try their best to reduce consumption of animal products, and advocate for food recycling systems wherever possible. In an earlier interview, Harry said, “Some studies I have read have put the number as high as 1/3 of all the food we produce is wasted”
Adopting a plant-based diet is the single largest individual change a person can make to fight climate change and aid in the hunger crisis. Widespread acceptance of veganism will have a positive impact on our world by freeing up massive quantities of land, leading to more space for crops, which will help feed hungry people around the globe. “The single most important thing you can do today to help the environment and feed the hungry is adopting a plant-based diet and from someone who is doing it, it is easier than ever before. Be a part of the solution, not the problem” says Harry,
Upcycling food is one way to help reduce food waste that is now gaining momentum. Upcycled foods use ingredients that would otherwise not have been consumed and are then produced using verifiable supply chains. Adopting this practice with integrity will eventually lead to a new product category in the food industry and encourage our society to embrace these products. The practice of upcycling will help reduce over 70 billion tons of greenhouse gases generated by food loss and waste, while also creating new jobs and innovative products. Changing our mentality about wasting food is critical to saving our environment and feeding the world’s population. When the restaurants opening back up we are looking to get back at it to educate, encourage and incentivize restaurants to do the right thing and upcycle.
There are many ways to help the issue of world hunger, such as cutting down on food waste. To combat climate change, the single largest action you can take is switching to a plant-based diet. It is also crucial to lobby local representatives to address climate and international aid, as well as food recycling and sustainable agriculture. It is up to us to support, advocate, and reinforce the systems needed to end hunger once and for all.