In our modern ‘on demand’ world it’s easy to take our access to food for granted. For example, when a fruit or vegetable is not in season we still see it in most of our grocery stores (and we can thank globalisation for that). However, not everybody is as lucky.
“When all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life” – United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
As of 2018, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), estimated that about 815 million people of 7.6 billion people in the world were suffering from undernourishment due to food insecurity.
That’s 10.7% of the world’s population who don’t have proper access to food.
Why does it matter?
Food security matters because food is a fundamental human right. Everybody should have access to food, because without food one cannot survive.
Yet, the statistics of today, especially those surrounding world hunger, suggest this right is not met for everybody.
People are starving. A factor recognised by the United Nations.
In fact, the world committed to halving the proportion of hungry people between 1990 and 2015. There are 209 million fewer hungry people now than in 1990, as 63 countries have met the target – but not all.
That’s why World Food Day matters. It’s so we can all do our bit to help reduce world hunger and be more mindful about what we do with our food.
Be it spending money on foods that you’re less likely to waste, doing smaller shops more frequently so you reduce the amount of uneaten leftovers, or even selecting healthier options to give you the nutrients needed to stay fit and healthy – each action will make a difference.
You can find more food saving tips here.
Australian Food Waste Facts
- Over 710,000 people rely on food relief each month, one quarter are children.
- Regional and remote communities are being hit the hardest and are a third more likely to experience food insecurity than those living in capital cities.
- Nearly four million people experience food insecurity each year, one quarter are children.
- The Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year.
- Over 5 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill, enough to fill 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.
- One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $3,800 worth of groceries per household each year.
- 35% of the average household bin is food waste.
Want to know more about how you can help reduce world hunger and be more mindful of how you use your food? Read our article on being frugl – it’s a great, simple way to reduce food waste and better our future.