Global Hunger

I had the idea for this post during my July project: Nature and Us. However as I couldn’t get it to fit in I wanted to make it a separate post all together.

Production of food and drink is a multi billionaire business. Eating is a basic human necessity and yet, despite all the food to go around, all of the food produced each year and the food available on the shelves, millions go hungry.

According to the BBC, as of 2020, 700 million people are going hungry. That number is increasing every year.

A meeting was held in 2019 by a branch of the UN and talks were held about food waste what needs to be done to make changes.

Our actions have consequences

The UN Environment Assembly met on the 11th to the 15th of March 2019. If you are interested in learning everything about this meeting, the records are public and posted here: The Fourth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly.

In this meeting, they said “

Deeply concerned that approximately one third of the food produced annually in the world for human consumption, equivalent to some 1.3 billion tonnes and representing an approximate value of 990 billion United States dollars, is lost or wasted, while 821 million people suffer from
undernourishment
.”

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Why is so much food wasted?

Well, many reasons could factor but one answer is it goes off before it is used. Life is busy so when you get home after a long day on your feet you are not in the mood to make food for yourself.

There are recipes out there that can use few ingredients and take no more than 15 mins to make.

Find some of these recipes below:

If we can cut down our waste individually, over time it would make a difference globally.


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Nature and Us: Thank you!

Thank you for your support during my project. I have enjoyed doing all the research hand sharing what I have found. I hope you enjoyed it!

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I have learnt so many things during this project. I learnt about Forest bathing and the benefits about being surrounded by all that green…

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(Nature and Us: Forests )

…Jathilda shared he experience and joy with nature as a child. Then…

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(Nature and Us: Jathilda)

…we discovered how important bugs and beetles are to the eco system! Also, how cute they are!

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(Nature and US: Bugs and Beetles)

Twitter user Goldfinch shared there love for Nature too by sending a submission in!

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(Nature and Us: Goldfinch)

The wildlife that depend on the ice caps that exist in Greenland. More importantly, how the icecaps influence the rest of the earth and how they keep a balance.

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And lastly…

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(Nature and Us: Frozen )

…the distressing industry of the Shark finning world.

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(Nature and Us: Shark Fin Soup)

I have really enjoyed this project. I will be honest, I did struggle a little haha but I feel better after learning more about our Earth and ways I can personally help in this.

Is there any project you would be interested in seeing in the future? I would be really interested in hearing your opinion.

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Nature and Us: Shark Fin Soup

Shark Fin Soup is a traditional soup that is part of Chinese cuisine. The shark fins provide texture and then the taste comes from the other soup ingredients. It is most commonly served at special occasions such as weddings and banquets, or as a luxury item.

The cartilage in the fins are usually shredded and used to thicken the soup. It embodies good luck, or good fortune. But why are warnings given about eating this dish? And what impact does this have on the population of sharks?

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Mercury.

According to ScienceDirect, there is Mercury and arsenic in processed fins from nine of the most traded shark species in the Hong Kong and China dried seafood markets. A team discovered that the food being consumed by the people contains high levels of mercury that is actually legally considered unsafe for humans.

According to a 2018 report by Marine Policy, more than 1 million tons of shark product are caught each year. This translates to about 100 million sharks that are killed per year

Shark Soup

Affect on the shark

After their fins have been cut off, sharks are able to survive a little while, however because they cannot move to filter oxygen through their gills, they sink to the bottom of the ocean and die in excruciating pain either due to lack of oxygen or hunger, often both.

It is sickening to think that millions of sharks are subjected to this each year. How can this amount of pain be a sign of good luck for a human, regardless of traditions?

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Affect on the environment

Shark populations have significantly decreased over the previous years, and no doubt! The amount of sharks harvested and lack of selection deplete the populations faster than they can reproduce.

Up to 99% of the shark is wasted.

What is being done to stop the cruelty?

Some steps have been taken to stop the pain. Bans have been made but in order for these bans to work, they need to be enforced. Here are just 2 of the bans that have been made in the US:

(Source.) Bear in mind the shark above is likely alive, in pain and is drowning.

What can you do?

Aside from the obvious, (Not eating the soup), one way is to sign this petition: Sign the No Shark Pledge.

Humane Society International have a form to sign that means you can show your support for those who are against this form of cruelty.

There is also a campaign being held by the Shark trust where you can either donate or fundraise!


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