This May 28th, the food activists from all around the world will join together to once again celebrate World Hunger Day, a holiday dedicated to the global effort to find a sustainable solution to the societal affliction of widespread hunger.
The holiday was established by the Hunger Project UK, and has steadily grown in popularity since its inception to its current state. Today, it is celebrated in an ever-increasing number of countries by thousands of people. In the spirit of the event, here are some of the best and simplest ways that every person can contribute to the global hunger alleviation effort.
1. Buy Sustainable Goods
Every year, many thousands of people that practice sustainable traditional forms of agriculture and food gathering have their lifestyle put in jeopardy by the expansion of big business into previously untouched habitats. These incursions are often related to the harvesting of widely used commercial resources, like tropical hardwood and highly prized blue fin tuna. Other environments are being pillaged in order to establish land that is rendered only suitable for large multi-national farming of products like palm oil and cotton.
By purchasing goods and foods that are designated as being sustainable, you ensure that environments remain unharmed by industry, allowing native residents to continue growing the food that they need to survive. Charities like the World Wildlife Foundation have lists of materials that are certified ecologically safe for reference.
2. Support Local Agriculture
One of the biggest long term threats to humanity’s ability to feed itself is the excessive reduction of genetic diversity in crops. Many types of produce like bananas and pineapples have been largely genetically modified, such that almost all plants grown to produce the crop are near identical to one another in terms of their general traits. While this may bring short term financial gains, the long term effect of this is that crop populations are becoming increasingly at risk of being compromised by plant disease and parasites.
Small local farms generally produce a wider range of crop strains. By buying from domestic farmers, you help keep genetic diversity alive and ensure the availability of crops even under otherwise catastrophic conditions.
3. Donate to Disadvantaged Food Producers
An intuitive way to boost the food availability in crop starved regions is to enable local farmers to produce larger yields. This has the double benefit of keeping a whole region well supplied with food, as well as allowing the farmer to earn a greater amount of money that can then be spent buying goods from local businesses, invigorating the whole economy.
A number of different charities allow donors to provide farmers in disadvantaged areas with better equipment. Some nonprofit organizations allow individuals to directly loan money to farmers and business owners, while others help donors turn donated money into goods like livestock and farming equipment for the farmer’s use. Both practices help farmers stay up to date with their agricultural practices.
On World Hunger Day, many regions offer seminars and conferences that teach interested parties how to contribute to the hunger prevention effort. By applying tips from this article and other types of media, it is possible to contribute to the elimination of world hunger. By taking direct action, even if it in only activities on a small scale, you can know that your efforts truly are making a difference.