With people going hungry, children growing underdeveloped and obesity running rampant, it is no secret that we need to rethink the way we handle food. Looking at the way the global climate is changing and nutrient lacking produce we have access to, we need to change the way we grow and distribute food. Various reports and organizations have put forward suggestions over the years on how to find solutions to the problems with food insecurity we’re facing.
SouthAfrica.co.za explores some of these solutions in terms of agriculture, nutrition, habits and city planning among others.
The green revolution in the 1960s increased our agricultural yields significantly with its hybridised crops and artificial fertilisers....more
The Copenhagen Consensus Centre is a think tank of leading economists who meet every four years to discuss what they regard as some of the world’s ‘top ten’ crisis areas: air pollution, conflict, disease...more
The preoccupation with food gardens as the solution to hunger in the urban household tends to hand responsibility over to the individual to deal with the problem of food security at a domestic level....more
So, yes, the bad news is that our cities are making us fat and sick. The good news is that some of the buffers we need to ‘climate-proof’ our cities might offset the worst consequences of our swelling midriffs....more
It would be ideal if the solution to the region’s growing weight problems and associated ill health were simply a matter of signing everyone up for a healthy eating programme....more
Where the use of sprinkles is a targeted intervention, the fortification of staple foods with some of the key micronutrients is a blanket intervention designed to inject a very minimum load of certain micronutrients into diet....more
On any given day, your food should add up to this: 55–75% of your daily calories should be made up of carbohydrates, 10–15% should come from protein, and 15–30% from fats, according to the World Health Organization...more
Food security is not just about the volume of food on the national plate – it is about whether people can get their hands on that food, what choices they make when they can get to that food...more
In many cities, it is the fast food joints that are working the current, hauling in throngs of passing students and locals who are eating on the hoof....more
Usually the most vulnerable in a city-dwelling community are the disabled, the elderly and children. And for those who have no breadwinner in the home bringing in some kind of income...more
If we are serious about applying the brakes to the region’s careening poverty, then we need to drag the issue of nutrition out from under the skirts of the often-preoccupied health sector and find a place for it where...more
The argument that shifts the blame onto external factors in the built environment that make us fat should not mean Mr and Mrs Individual get to abdicate their responsibility entirely....more
Getting city dwellers to grow their own food is part of the solution to the hunger crisis. Urban food growing is also critical because it shortens the food value chain, which not only shrinks the carbon footprint of food...more