Modern society has made tremendous advancements in technology, healthcare, and other industries that have improved the economic output and quality of life for most of the world. Much of the world though, faces a different reality considering that more than 60% of the global population still depends on agriculture as their only source of income. Ninety percent of agricultural lands are concentrated in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Globalization brings with it a lot of positive benefits, but also creates risk as food production becomes concentrated in a limited number of places on the planet. Climate change, human impact on the physical environment, deforestation, and other environmental factors directly relate to hunger and food production worldwide. Changes in the environment have a direct impact on food production and create one of the biggest risks for food insecurity that we face today. With the global population only expected to grow in the coming years, farmers around the world will have to increase production by 70% to sustain the current levels. Recognizing the inevitable future, the United Nations took initiative when creating the Sustainable Development Goals. Four of its goals directly relate, from fighting climate change and desertification to encouraging governments to commit to implementing sustainable production and consumption to prevent the waste of precious resources, like food.
Food For Thought
Here at Feeding Children Everywhere, we don’t take the word sustainability lightly. In 2017, CEO Dave Green announced our commitment to environmental sustainability because we recognized that our mission to work together for a hunger-free world is intimately connected to preserving and nourishing the planet. In practice, this takes form in a variety of ways. We make a conscious decision to work with suppliers that follow a similar doctrine and participate in fair trade. We opened warehouses in Dallas, Salt Lake City, and Chicago to cut down our carbon emissions from domestic shipping. Also in the United States, we’ve partnered with Micro Farming Organizations to promote and provide opportunities for urban farming and local food production. Even the materials we utilize are kept at the forefront with meal bags that are biodegradable and boxes are made from recycled cardboard. Internationally, we are investing directly at the local level by securing lands in places like Uganda to foster ethical sharecropping efforts to create sustainable communities. Therefore, families are able to provide food for their own sustenance and secure consistent land to plant and harvest every season. When asked about FCE’s progress toward its commitment to sustainability and how others can get involved, Dave Green said that “true sustainability starts with each individual person.” We all have a shared commitment to this planet, a shared commitment to our environment, and a shared commitment with each other to ensure the sustainability of our world for future generations. Click the link below to join us in this commitment, because together, we’re never gonna give up on making the earth a better place.