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Food Inequity and Poverty

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Food inequity and poverty There is currently enough food being produced in the world to feed everyone, but due to unjust distribution the rate of chronically hungry people is increasing and has surpassed the 1 billion mark. Food equity means equal access to nutritious foods and food security "exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to enough safe and nutritious foods to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifestyle" (World Food Summit 2996). Social justice ensures that there is fair and equal distribution of social values, and this is not present in the area of food as food inequity is a large issue. Food inequity is an increasingly important issue, especially in developing countries, and needs to be brought to the forefront of public consciousness, in order for action to be taken. ...read more.

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A major cause of food inequity is poverty. Poverty is the shortage of common things such as food, clothing, shelter and safe drinking water, all of which determine the quality of life. Most people in poverty do not have sufficient money, food or education to know which foods to consume and this leads to undernutrition, then little resistance to infection, leading to illness and disease, preventing a person from working, thus having little money, food and the vicious cycle continues. The lack of support and poor methods of distribution prevent the impoverished from gaining food. A factor which also affects the food availability and distribution is geography and climate. People in poverty may not have access to fertile land to grow crops. Government policies also overlook ethical considerations, thus only rich people benefit from distribution. The exploitation of aid also prevents the poor people to receive what they deserve. ...read more.

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Their groceries are evidently higher priced than those in the city. Due to their geographical isolation, they have limited access to education and their poor educational outcomes and very high unemployment affect their social marginalization. They are unable to benefit equally from mainstream services, such as those in the areas of employment, health, education and housing, as they are insufficiently accessible or they have adapted to cultural needs. They then become caught in a "poverty trap" where they are dependant on government payments. 55% of income for the indigenous Australians is from government payments; where as only 13% is derived from government payments for non indigenous Australians. Their poor education, low rate of labor participation, low income and welfare dependence prevent them from accumulating capital or making investments, and leads to inter generational poverty. Food inequity is an immense issue which desperately needs to be considered by authorities. There is enough food to feed everyone and action needs to be taken to ensure that 10 million people are not dying unnecessarily every year due to chronic hunger! ...read more.

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