To finalize this blog, I want to to challenge who ever is reading this to pledge to NEVER waste food. It is a challenge that many across America have taken, and I find a small, yet beneficial, way that we can end hunger in America. We should also not be afraid and willing to volunteer at a local food bank in town. As I’ve said, that is a short term solution to hunger for our world. If you read this in time, I encourage every reader of this blog to help out on December 5 at Community Christian School to help pack meals for an organization called ” Feed My Starving Children”.
Good bye dear reader. Thank you for investing time into something I really hope you’ll enjoy. It was a honor to research and write about a very interesting topic. It is something I’ll remember for a long time. Special Thank you to Mr. Jordan Francik for giving me the opportunity to write this blog. So, when you feel like you’re “starving”, just remember, you really aren’t.
Imagine being an Iowa farmer. You have good seasons, bad seasons, and know how to grow in both conditions. In Africa, it is an average of 93 degrees Fahrenheit, year round. In Iowa, we have an average temperature of 61.9 degrees Fahrenheit. Africans are forced to work in conditions of extreme heat and brutality to grow a minimum crop. They have no idea of the habits of its fields, nor do they know how well the growing season will be for them. The same could be said for Asia. An estimated 2.2 billion Asians have make a living off of farming. Just like Africans, Asians aren’t farming for profit, they are farming for food. We don’t have an idea of the pressure to grow a good crop to feed a family. In Iowa, we have something that people in poverty countries have never heard of, Crop Insurance. In summary, people of modern age have no idea of the brutality of farm labor. They are working hard, but sometimes, that doesn’t even feed all hungry stomachs.
Long Term Solutions
We’ve been feeding them for so long. Now we teach them how to “fish” for themeselves. Here in Iowa, we are surrounded by the world’s best growing fields in the world. We have the the most advanced technology for agriculture in our barns, and have the knowledge of knowing our fields, literally, inside and out. We are blessed to have these resources at our fingertips. But, these resourrces are not giveen to people that need them most. The ultimate long term solution for people is finding a stable and healthy source of food. Here in America, we have conditions for both produce, and factory food. People in Africa, for example, do not have money to build a factory to make “Captain Crunch”, or anything like that. What they do have is fields to grow. What they don’t have is the knowledge of agriculture, or the ideal conditions and soil for crop growth. So, we have to teach them. We already have Iowa farmers in poor countries teaching about crop growth, and using their resources wisely. This is the start of finding a permanent solutions.
Short Term Solutions
We won´t be able to get everyone one food over night. So, until we can have a stable way of producing food for everyone, we have to get food for everyone, so they do not starve in the mean time. Short term solutions are mainly what we’ve been doing this whole the time, give our food to them. That defines the popular saying ” Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” We have to teach them how to “Fish”. The way we can provide short term solutions is greater than we think. There are people just like you and me getting involved and making a difference in our world, by giving their time and effort to raise funds and pack food for starving people. Such organization are ” No Kids Go Hungry “, ” Feeding America “, and ” Feed My Starving Children”.
Donating your time to any food bank, or charity, is great ways to make a huge impact! My church, First Evangelical Free Church is participating with ” Feed My Starving Children ” in bringing one of its Mobile Packs to Fort Dodge on December 5! My church is really excited to participate in this event. A main component of why I picked starvation for this project, is because of me being personally related to solving world hunger.
Production v. Distribution
Are we not making enough food? Or are we not spreading it around? It seems that our problem is distribution. According to a study at the University of Minnesota, we have grown food for 10 billion people, for 7.125 billion people. We just aren’t sharing. Some times we are not able to find exactly who needs it, or we can’t spread it in time. We are getting people food, in places like Africa, but many times, not in time. We also have to get food to the people among us, hungry Americans. Another problem is that poverty stricken countries can not produce themselves. We have to get food to them, and then teach them how to grow food in the mean time.