Food Scarcity

Todays Youth and their value of food

Introduction

Scientists have researched that over 870 million people out of the 7.1 billion are suffering from chronic undernourishment which results in lack of food in their system. Food scarcity has been a rising issue in todays society, and as time goes on the fear that our food source will run out continues. However, people are more focused on what can be done to produce more food, instead of treating the issue of youth today and their take on food. I created a survey that would help myself understand how today’s youth handles food. I want to know if they value food the way they are supposed to, rather than just throwing it around assuming there is an endless supply of it. I hope that this specific method is suitable for achieving the results needed because if i am correct in making an educated guess that today’s wealthy youth do not value food to the extent that they should, and by asking certain questions involving their day to day food intake and their personal opinion on how much food they waste. By giving options to the survey, the person is able to see which answer suits them and thus go forward. Many people were raise assuming that food will always be there, they don’t know where it comes from or how its made, alk they know is where it is in the grocery store, I created a hypothesis that because people were raised this way, they do not value food the way they should and thus this will eventually lead to Food Scarcity since they are wasting so much valuable food.

MY HYPOTHESIS

Because people are raised in a way where they are available to an endless supply of food, they do not value food the way they should and thus this will eventually waste food and will lead to Food Scarcity.


Youths Value on Food

In developed worlds people think they have an endless supply of food, all they see is endless refills in the buffet table and massive grocery store with every food imaginable in it, they have no idea what can and will happen if people dont value food well enough. Youths especially today eat not because their necessarily hungry, but because they are constantly bored and feel that food is the only "comfort" they can find. Youths do not understand the concept of food scarcity and believe there is always going to be an endless supply of food.

Global Connection

Food scarcity is happening around the world, not just in third world countries but in first world and second world countries as well. People are struggling everyday to get enough food to sustain themselves and their family just for the night. 852 million people out of the 870 million people living in chronic undernourishment are from developing countries, which leaves 18 million are living in developed countries and are still suffering from chronic undernourishment. The number of under nourishment people decreased nearly 30% in Asia and the Pacific, from 739 million to 562 million, largely due to socio-economic progress in many countries in the region. The prevalence of undernourishment in the region decreased from 23.7% to 13.9%. The number of hungry grew in Africa over the period, from 175 million to 239 million, with nearly 20 million added in the last few years. Nearly 1 in 4 are hungry. And in Sub-Saharan Africa, the modest progress achieved in recent years up to 2007 was reversed, with hunger rising 2% per year since then. Developed regions also saw the number of hungry rise, from 13 million in 2004-2006 to 16 million in 2012-2012, reversing a steady decrease in previous years from 20 million in 1990-1992


The world produces enough food to feed everyone, however in many cases millions of people around the world don't get a scrap of food per day. World agriculture produces 17% more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70% population increase. As the population increases, that means that more an more food is going to have to be produced in order to feed everyone. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day according to the most recent estimate that we could find. The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food.

SURVEY

QUESTION 1: How many meals on an average day do you have?

  1. 3 meals(without snacks)

  2. 3 or more (with snacks)

  3. 3 or less

  4. more snacks than actual meals


QUESTION 2: Scenario: You are hungry and wanted a snack, you go get a yogurt, but once you got the yogurt you realized it is one day past the best before date, do you:

  1. Eat it anyways, its not bad yet

  2. Throw it away and get something else


QUESTION 3: Do you ever eat when you’re bored, even if you’re not necessarily hungry?

  1. Yes

  2. No


QUESTION 4: Do you ever donate to organizations they help feed those in third world countries that don’t have the same access to food as us?

  1. Yes

  2. No


QUESTION 5: On a scale of 1 to 10 how many snacks do you eat in a regular day?

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7.8 8 9 10


QUESTION 6: Do you ever do your own grocery shopping?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. Sometimes

  4. My Parents do it all


QUESTION 7: On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being a lot and 1 being rarely) how often does your family throw out old or uneaten food.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 8.2 9 10


QUESTION 8: Have you ever worked at a soup kitchen or volunteered to hand out food to the needy?

  1. Yes

  2. No

Theoretical Interpretation

LUIGI TAPARELLI

- coined the term social justice in the Mid-1800s. He prefaced justice with social to emphasize the social nature of human beings and, flowing from this, the importance of various social spheres outside civic government.

- Social Justice is defined s a society or institution that is based on the principles of fairness and equality and that understands and values human rights.

- In order to have social justice, everyone has to have equality and that means everyone should be available to the same resources.

Human Organizations

UNITED NATIONS:

- In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirmed the right of everyone to adequate food. However, access to natural resources, including water, that are necessary to produce food. The UN General Assemble declared access to clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right on July 28 2012. But the right to water in the context of the right to food is a complex question. While drinking and cooking water would be protected, water for food production would probably not be covered under the minimum needs in arid areas. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works with government and other UN and international agencies to help developing country governments respond to the global food crisis. It helps governments prepare strategies to expand sustainable agricultural production and productivity, and helps design safety nets for the vulnerable. It clarifies issues and policy options to foster informed devision making, and conducts in-depth analyses on the impact of the crisis at the regional and country levels.

Conclusion

In conclusion, this survey helped prove my hypothesis saying that today’s youth so not value food the way they should, and this leads to food scarcity. People are more focused on what can be done to produce more food, instead of treating the issue of youth today and their take on food. This method allowed me to get answers that were involved directly with the issue of food scarcity and allowed me to prove my hypothesis exactly. By giving options to the survey, the person is able to see which answer suits them and thus go forward. Many people were raise assuming that food will always be there, they don’t know where it comes from or how its made, all they know is where it is in the grocery store, I created a hypothesis that because people were raised this way, they do not value food the way they should and thus this will eventually lead to Food Scarcity since they are wasting so much valuable food. Teenagers are not aware of the seriousness of this issue and how one day there will be a severe lack of food, this has not crossed teenagers minds and thus are making them think there is a bottomless pit of food. Therefore these surveys helped prove my hypothesis and todays youth are not valuing food the way they should and this will eventually create more food scarcity then we see today.

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