Today, one in seven people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Yet there is enough food in the world for everyone to have the nourishment necessary for a healthy and productive life. How can this be?
How can hunger and malnutrition be the number one risk to health worldwide—a risk greater than that due to AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined?
These statistics come from the United Nations World Food Programme, whose mission is to reduce hunger, strengthen the capacity of nations around the world to reduce hunger, and respond to emergencies. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the United States Department of Agriculture and sponsor of 4-H and CYFAR, also has global food security, hunger, and food safety as key components of its mission.
Eating on $4.50 a Day
In the United States, the government provides food stamps for families living in poverty. Food stamps provide approximately $4.50 per person per day for food. Could you feed yourself for a day on this amount of money? What would you eat? Try planning out your daily diet!