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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 07 May 2014
According to a report published by the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI), “Each day our world witnesses 800 million people go hungry and 170 million children under 5 years of age suffer from malnourishment. This situation is a human tragedy on a vast scale, made even worse because it is avoidable.” The aim of the IFPRI is to achieve sustainable food security for all by 2020.
There are so many circumstances that can create shortage of food even for us. From truck drivers going on strike to natural disasters and even convoluted politics could make it difficult for the average Indian to access adequate nutrition. So, what can each one of us do to ensure that we and our loved ones remain food secure at all times?
Tips on Ensuring Food Security
Here is what we as individuals can do to ensure food security for ourselves and our loved ones:
- Stay prepared: We might think that the doomsday preppers are taking things too far but the reality is that problems come without a warning. The only way we can ensure that a problem doesn’t turn into a crisis is to stay prepared. So, ensure you always have a stock of canned and dry foods that can last your family a couple of months. Don’t forget to keep track of the expiry dates and replenish your stock regularly.
- Grow your own food: Although not all of us have the luxury of a vegetable garden or even a big enough patch of ground to produce all the food we need, we need to start somewhere. And you couldn’t get fresher food than stuff you pluck right out of your window box or even some large pots in your balcony. If you do have a yard and can grow more stuff, you will experience for yourself the satisfaction of keeping a flourishing garden.
- Buy in season: Today, you can get everything you could dream of at any time of year. All you need to do is hop along to the nearest supermarket. But do you know how much it costs to ensure the availability of non-seasonal fruits and vegetables? The cost is much more than the few extra rupees you pay, it is actually in terms of fossil fuels! This is because the food items have to shipped from afar, possibly through refrigerated vehicles. The best option therefore is to buy local and buy seasonal.
Apart from this, you could freeze, dry and preserve as many food items as possible. This way, you can get your favourite foods even out of season.
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