Food security as defined by the united nations committee on world food security is the condition in which 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. Food security is a condition related to the supply of food and individual’s access to it. There is evidence of granaries being in use over 10,000 years ago, with central authorities in civilizations including ancient China and ancient Egypt were known to release food from storage in times of famine.
At the 1974 world food conference, the term ‘food security ‘was defined with an emphasis on supply. Food security, they said, is the availability at all times of adequate world food supplies of basic foodstuff, to sustain a steady prolongation of food consumption and to energize fluctuation in production and prices. Household food security exists when all members, at all times, have access to enough food for an active healthy life. Individuals who are food secure do in live in hunger or fear of starvation food insecurity, on the other hand, is a situation of limited or capricious availability of nutritionally passable and safe food or limited or mercurial ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
According to united states department of agricultural (USDA) food security incorporation a measure of resilience to future disruption or unavailability of critical food supply due to various risk factors including droughts, shipping disruptions, fuel shortages, economic instability, and wars. In the year 2011-13, an estimated 842 million people were suffering from chronic hunger. The food and agriculture or organization of the United Nations identified the four pillars of food security as availability, access, utilization, and stability. The United Nations (UN) recognized the right to food in the declaration of human rights in 1948. And has since noted that it is vital for the enjoyment of all other rights. The 1996 world summit on food security declared that ‘food should not be used as an instrument for political and economic pressure.
According to the international center for trade and sustainable developments failed agricultural market regulation and the lack of anti-dumping mechanisms cause much of the world’s food security and malnutrition.
Thus we can conclude that food security is of great importance because the greater security provided to food will leads to the healthier environment and healthy environment is perhaps one of the essential requirement for economic development. So, we cannot deny the momentousness of food security.
Are we humans?
Who gave us right to throw food on streets? who gave us right to ignore poor people and hungry children begging at the streets? why they are doing so? they don’t wish for a luxury lifestyle like others?
Yes they wish.they also have feelings.but when all the doors are seemed to be closed then people are enforced towards begging.hunger is the most important factor that forces people.
A hunger man is the most helpless person in the world and he can do anything for his hungry children.
The other side of scenery,
a person ordered two pizzas for dinner, for the family of 3 persons. they eat one and keep the rest for next day.on next day the pizza gets spoiled and he throws it out in a basket outside of the house. poor kids wandering at streets and begging for food saw the pizza and rush towards the basket to take it and eat half pizza on the spot and take remaining at their self-made broken house to eat it at dinner…
Please stop wasting food…
eat simple, live simple, let other people eat what is their basic right…
Food is the basic need of life and in a country like Pakistan people are not having enough food and yet most of the food we eat is wasted daily in homes, hotels, malls and picnic places. We need to manage food by preventing it from wastage. For this purpose, we must initiate a project to create awareness among people to stop wasting that food and to properly pack and distribute it among the needy ones.
It’s the right time to take an initiative as a nation to contribute towards food safety while changing people’s thinking to create this country a better place for all.
As a Pakistani, I feel very helpless when I see people eating wasted food from the dustbins. Allah blessed this beautiful country with all the natural resources and it is a grower of all the important crops. Agriculture sector of Pakistan contributes a major part in the economy as it accounts for 21% of GDP.
But still many people in Pakistan sleep with empty stomachs. Some strategies should be devised so that all the citizens of this country may get the necessity of life i.e. food daily.
So, take the first step towards change from yourself and stop wasting the food. Fill your plate with a little less than you need. At home, meals should be made in just the appropriate amount so that no excess food can be wasted.
If by chance the meals prepared are more than your daily requirement, then pack them in a proper way and distribute among the needy people around you. Give them what you choose for your own self.
Create awareness among people to stop spoiling the food through different kinds of seminars and public service messages. If you see some people in your area doing such activities try to communicate them effectively and help them to be a better person.
Your way of communication should be kind towards people. Try to avoid criticizing people.