Our weekly reading list of the people, places, and discussions taking place in food insecurity across the country.
When we think about the need to feed the hungry, we often think about increasing food production. As John Oliver’s scathing criticism of America’s food waste problem reminded us last week, this obsession with food quantity overshadows some of our food system’s more sinister realities. The fact that about a third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is wasted is one of modern agriculture’s most embarrassing secrets. Producing all that wasted food accounts for up to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, a quarter of all water used for agriculture, an annual environmental cost of 750 billion USD, and a land area the size of Mexico. Meanwhile, close to a billion people suffer from chronic undernourishment.
Read the full story on Yale EPI.
In mid-September 2010, almost exactly two years to the date since the monumental collapse of Lehman Brothers, the New York Times published a bleak statistic: the ongoing Great Recession had driven the U.S. poverty rates to their highest in a decade and a half.
Five years of fitful economic recovery have not yet bettered this situation. According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, more than one in five American children, about 22%, were living in poverty in 2013. Data for 2014 are not yet available, but the report anticipates that the child poverty rate remains at an “unacceptably high [level].”
Read the full story on Time.com
The USDA estimates that 21 percent of food consumers buy goes to waste. It’s bad for our bodies, bad for our wallets, and bad for the planet. Instead of just telling us, the USDA released an app for iPhone and Android that it hopes will help solve the problem by sending us alerts when food is about to go bad.
Read the full story on Modern Farmer.