Food wastage must stop now!

One of the things that annoy me most in life is seeing people waste food. My travels around the world have shown me how much of a wasteful generation we are.  Few weeks ago I wrote a post title “Climate change is causing starvation in Africa” which reveals how much people are suffering from starvation due to increasing drought and flooding. If reports from several climate experts are to go by, there will be more drought this year especially in the world‘s poor nations. I believe we cannot continue to live this wasteful life especially during these challenging times. In developing nation’s famers struggle with food loss before it gets to the market due to poor preservations or lack of amenities to support advanced food storage systems.

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Apart from the humanitarian implication of not wasting food, World Resources Institute reported on the environmental implication of wasting food. It is reported that you are contribution to climate change by tossing food away.  This is true because you are increasing the waste that is sent to the landfills and also wasting the water that was used in the cultivation of the crops.

According to the World Resources Institute, inside the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year worldwide is 45 trillion gallons of water. This represents a staggering 24 percent of all water used for agriculture. Agriculture is already the world’s biggest user of freshwater: The sector accounts for 70 percent of all water use around the world, according to the World Water Assessment Program. Those freshwater resources are diminishing fast, just as demand for them rises from millions of hungry and thirsty people joining the global population.

I think it’s important we reduce our food waste, and most importantly teaching our children not to waste food is necessary.  In the previous blog post talked about in the first paragraph, I explained why it’s important to help poor nation suffering from starvation by contributing to the world food program and assisting them in developing technology to build a sustainable agricultural process.  Kindly send your donations to the World food program by clicking this link.

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It’s time for family planning fellas.

This post is a continuation to my previous post titled “Climate change and overpopulation”. I believe it’s important to curb this outrageous population growth in other to make significant impact on climate change. One important tool for population control I will be talking about today is family planning. Family planning is often overlooked when we talk about climate change because we cannot easily correlate the direct relationship to climate change. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change considers population growth to be one of the most consistent factors contributing to climate change but technology based (and market driven) solutions continue to get more political will and attention.

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Family planning has always been a grave topic to talk about in today’s world because of its religious and political implications. I think is time for us to speak out. It’s important to manage the world’s population and have children that we truly can afford to take care of. Since the beginning of the industrial age, the benchmark widely used is the historical moment when carbon emissions began to skyrocket.The earth’s population has increased several folds. Right now, we’re growing at an average of about 78 million more people per year, and most of that growth is happening in areas where pregnancies are unplanned and often unwanted. Every year 200 million women get pregnant, and a third of those women did not plan their pregnancy.

One very important point to note is that industries will only produce products that they have market to consume. If the world’s population is reduced or the growth is curtailed, then there will be less need for mass production which will at the end force  industries to be efficient in their production line. I know population is associated with sensitive issues like sexuality, contraception, abortion, migration, and religion. But increasing women’s reproductive rights should be at the heart of the climate discussion, in the same basket as strategies like increasing energy efficiency and researching new technologies. Spread the word about family planning today.

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