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Food Inequality and the Role of Private Sectors

As the population of earth is growing day by day, the natural resources are wearing thin. Effects of overpopulation can be seen as the inequality of food is apparent in third world countries, where starvation is, unfortunately; becoming a norm. Not having access to food is a violation of basic human rights, however; the greed of humans is one of the reasons that is coming in the way of solving food inequality. Hoarding unnecessarily large amounts of food and then wasting it, has become a second nature of humans. It is estimated that almost 17 percent of food is wasted around the world, without remorse. Then there is also the political inequality in food trade that prevents countries from trading on fairgrounds. Fortunately, efforts are being made to reduce food inequality and private sectors of each country can help in providing their help (D’Odorico et al., 2019).

The first step that can be taken by local governments is that they can redesign the food system so that supply efficiency can be achieved. Departments like agriculture, trade, and health should be made part of this redesign so that they can help in developing a more sustainable system (Nwuneli, 2020). Working towards the affordability and availability of food should be the main focus of the private sectors and they should invest it accordingly. Nutritious and organic foods are more expensive than other foods, going for a greener approach like minimizing the carbon emission during processing, transport and packaging should be considered to reduce the prices of nutritious food. Wastage of food should be reprimanded and this is being done in South Korea, where people are fined for the food they waste. This has led to reduced food wastage in South Korea. If private sectors do their part in providing food security, then we will be a step closer to reducing food inequality (Stiftung, 2017).

References

D’Odorico, P., Carr, J. A., Davis, K. F., Dell’Angelo, J., & Seekell, D. A. (2019). Food Inequality, Injustice, and Rights. BioScience, 69(3), 180–190. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz002

Nwuneli, N. O. (2020, October 14). Private Sector Solutions to Urban Food Insecurity. https://www.csis.org/analysis/private-sector-solutions-urban-food-insecurity

Stiftung, H. B. (2017). Agrifood Atlas – Facts and figures about the corporations that control what we eat | Heinrich Böll Stiftung. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. https://www.boell.de/en/2017/10/26/agrifood-atlas-facts-and-figures-about-corporations-control-what-we-eat

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