FOOD SECURITY & JUSTICE
The human cost of our faulty food system is that almost 1 billion people are hungry, and almost 2 billion people are eating too much of the wrong food. The problem is compounded by a growing population. There are currently 7.6 billion people on the planet. By 2050, estimates suggest that there will be between 9 and 10 billion. On the high end, that is a 33% increase. A recent report in Nature found that unless we make a change, the environmental impact of our food system will increase 50-90 percent by 2050.
In the US alone, almost 40 million people live in food insecure households. Meaning they are unable (or uncertain) to acquire enough food to meet the needs of the household.
Low-income, communities of color suffer the highest levels of hunger, food insecurity and diet-related disease. These communities are also the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change and are more exposed to environmental hazards.
This is where food justice comes in.
There are many definitions of food justice, but one way to think about it is building community knowledge around nutritious, sustainable, culturally appropriate foods & shifting power to communities to ensure they have access and control over healthy food.
Better Food Access = Healthier Eating = A Healthier Planet.
We cannot combat climate change without fixing our food system.