Emily Little

World hunger can be addressed

In today’s society, we are typically pretty selfish. We worry about our own lives, in our own little worlds, not really caring what happens in everyone else’s. While sometimes this can actually be a good thing, simply not caring what other people think, this is not always the case. This self-centered mindset that we have entered into as a society also means that we are much less willing to help other people as we used to.

An issue that I am quite passionate about is food security. By the year 2050, it is estimated that there will be over 9 billion people on our planet. The food needed to feed the world is not just going to magically appear. While there are some awesome programs that help with the issue of hunger, the issue does not receive enough attention.

There are a tremendous amount of worthwhile charities out there, from cancer research to saving animals. However, if the world is not able to sustain its population of people, none of these organizations will exist. This is an issue of extreme importance that most people simply brush by. They think that their families have enough, so the issue does not affect them.

While I will give it to you that those commercials of starving children in Africa are so heartbreaking that they make you change the channel, not call the number and donate, those commercials depict the harsh reality of food instability. What people also seem to fail to realize is that what those commercials show is not a far-off reality. It is happening in our very own country, in communities just like ours.

It is not enough to see commercials and feel bad. We, as a society, need to make a change in the way we think. We cannot think of world hunger as something that affects children we will never see. We cannot think of world hunger as something that will never trickle into our part of the world, because it already has. If everyone simply took the time to educate themselves on the true state of food security, the reality would become a lot clearer: this is an issue that needs to be resolved.

However, there are some actions being taken even within our own community that help combat food security problems. When free breakfast began being served to students, that was a big step in the right direction. The fact that some meals are available to students during the summer months as well is also a positive thing. However, programs like these are not enough to bring a halt to this epidemic.

If people simply took the time to educate themselves on this issue, it would gain the attention it needs. Unfortunately, this is not going to happen. There simply needs to be a shift in the mindset of our society. It is not longer plausible to live in our own little worlds. With the state that our planet and its people are in, we must stop thinking that we can ignore the problems of other people. Instead, we must begin to have open minds and hearts when it comes to helping other people.

This is an issue that cannot be solved overnight. However, I am a firm believer in the power of coming together. I believe if our society realized the extreme proportions that the world hunger epidemic has reached, and if we all worked together, a solution could be reached.