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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Crop ravaging drought to worsen in 2013

Yay!Spring is here again but, it’s not celebration time yet.  The current 2013 weather forecast does not seem to bring much to celebrate about. Just last week, I wrote about the drought in east Africa, little did I know that the USA will witness another dry spring this year.  On March 25, 2013, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)issued the three-month U.S. Spring Outlook today, stating that odds favor above-average temperatures across much of the continental United States. According to the annual spring outlook from the National NOAA, it is  predicted to be another hotter, drier conditions across much of the U.S., including parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, where farmers have been fighting to hang on to crops of winter wheat.Risk

The NOAA forecast also noted that river flooding is likely to be worse than last year across the country, with the most significant flood potential in North Dakota. According to Laura Furgione, deputy director of NOAA’s National Weather Service, she says “This outlook reminds us of the climate diversity and weather extremes we experience in North America, where one state prepares for flooding while neighboring states are parched, with no drought relief in sight.” Last year was the hottest year since record keeping began more than a century ago, with several weeks in a row of 100+ degree days. It also brought drought to about 65 percent of the country by summer’s end.

From the report, above-normal temperatures are most likely going to occur across most of the continental U.S. including northern Alaska. Below-normal temperatures are favored for the Pacific Northwest and extreme northern Great Plains. For precipitation, odds favor wetter-than-normal conditions in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions. Drier-than-normal conditions are most likely in much of the West, the Rockies, parts of the Southwest, much of Texas, along the Gulf Coast and Florida. Hawaii has an enhanced chance of being cooler and drier than normal.

I don’t even know how to explain what is happening to our earth again. This climate change phenomenon is affecting everything around us. This U.S. Spring Outlook identifies the likelihood of spring flood risk and expectations for temperature, precipitation and drought. With the expectation of huge financial burden on the affected communities and the federal government, it’s highly imperative for us to act now. This climate change issues are caused by both natural and human influence but we cannot do something about the natural causalities now, it’s important to act against all human influences increasing the greenhouse gases (GHG).  As I said last week, kindly remember to donate to the World Food Program to help communities already suffering from food shortages as a result of this drought. Talk to someone today about climate change.

Climate change is causing starvation in Africa.

Today, I will be talking about something that really touches my heart. Millions of people are dying from starvation in Africa and require emergency food aid after the failure of the raining season to bless the crop and improve farm yield.  My heart was saddened when I saw African drought monitoring data provided by Princeton University that shows an outrageous trend of drought.  The sad thing about this situation is that the people of Africa are now suffering from drought that is believed to be caused by climate change majorly from human activities in the developed countries.  According to researchers from the UK MET office, the drought of 2010 was found to be most likely caused by natural variability. However, the drought of 2011 was found to have being increased by human influences.443

This study used state of the art modeling techniques to assess the weather patterns that led to the drought. They looked at both a world with mankind’s influence on climate, as well as a world that might have been without man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Initial research based on the three models suggests that human influence is to be blamed for between 24% and 99% of the increased risk of the dry conditions seen in 2011.

I am convinced by the studies that the drought of 2011 must have been caused by both natural causes and human influence. Since the natural causes cannot be stopped, therefore we need to quickly reduce the human factors causing the droughts.  Africa cannot continue to live on food aids and medical supplies from the United Nations to reduce the effect of this drought.  I think this is a reminder for us to control most of the activities that cause climate change and help the continent bounce back from this devastating condition. As you read this post, I will appreciate if you can put it in your heart to donate to the world food programme for Africa.  Remember they are suffering from climate change that they did not significantly cause

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