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  • Ekansh Agrawal

Food For Thought

Would you rather have infinite money or infinite food? Most people would say food as it is a basic yet crucial necessity of life which one cannot live without. However, in today’s fast moving world the bitter truth is that in a few years’ money will become the new basic necessity as the amount of food goes on depleting every passing day. As the fire of world hunger slowly goes on increasing, the day is not far away when this fire slowly burns the human race, this human race which was consumed by the fire of their own petty desires and impulsive decisions.

The problem of world hunger is not unknown to us. Yet seemingly less action is being taken towards resolving it. Celebrated on 16th October , ‘World Food Day’ is observed to emphasize the importance of a regular access to nourishing food and serves as a reminder for us humans to take actions against world hunger. World Food Day commemorates the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in the year 1945. This day serves as an opportunity for nations and organizations all over the world to recommit to strategies and goals which focus on improving food and nutritional security and ensuring a healthy lifestyle for everyone in the world. The theme for this year is ‘Leave NO ONE Behind.’ It highlights the importance of Goal 2 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which is ‘Zero Hunger.’ This goal targets to end world hunger by 2030 and ensure access by all people, particularly those in vulnerable situations to safe nutritious and sufficient food as well as end all forms of malnutrition. However, the sad truth is that the world is not on track to achieve zero hunger. If the pace towards achieving this goal is not accelerated the number of people affected by hunger would surpass 840 million which is approximately 10 percent of the estimated population.

These facts and figures are but numbers which represent humanity’s slow progress. Staring at them will do nothing. With more than a quarter of a billion people potentially at the brink of starvation, swift action needs to be taken to provide food and humanitarian relief to the most at-risk regions.

'To err is human' and over the gulf of years we humans have made countless mistakes which have proved to be disastrous. Yet to every problem we have found a solution emerging even stronger than we were. Keeping up with the theme of World Food Day 2022- 'Leave NO ONE behind' as an individual we should ensure that we take mindful decisions. As it is said every drop counts the same way every action towards this goal also makes a huge impact. “Small steps in the right direction can make a huge difference.”

Food for thought

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