It is to obtain food and to survive that man began his speech on the nature through research, technology and scientific achievements. The history of man on earth is the story of his relationship with the environment. People are part of the environment, but also creators and transformers.
Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate, accessible, sustainably produced and environmentally friendly form, and the right to define their own food and agriculture systems.
The paradox of the food system today has nearly 900 million people suffering from hunger and are not able to procure a quantity of food needed to meet the minimum required energy needs. This figure increases during periods of food scarcity seasonal and in times of famine and social unrest.
Malnutrition in the form of lack of vitamins and essential minerals continues to be on a global scale, the cause of serious diseases and death of millions of people. According to some estimates, 13 million children under five die from illnesses and infections that could prevent.
More than 80% of these people, including children, working to produce food. On the same planet at the same time 1, 4 billion people are obese or overweight and always consumes more: more than 4.000 cups of Nescafe, more than 19.000 Coca Cola per second.
Fundamental foods become less and less accessible and qualitatively less safe for a large part of the world’s population because of climate change, employment-intensive monocultures and the use of land to produce fuels, food habits’ changes of the new middle class in emerging countries.
The paradoxes do not end there, because a billion people are without water and we wastes a third of the world’s food production. Every year we lose 1,3 billion tons of food. In the EU alone, it is estimate that approximately 50% of the food product is not consumed and ends directly in the waste with a huge environmental, economic and social impact. Every year in Italy, we throw away 6.6 million tons of food, around 146 pounds each person.
Food waste is only the latest alarm bell regarding the sustainability of today’s production systems and lifestyles.
In theory, the current development of the global food system would feed all the inhabitants of the planet. But the imbalances of reality make possible millions of deaths from starvation and malnutrition, while 263 billion of euro are spent every year in Europe by the health care system for the consequences of obesity (in Italy 22 billion) and 227 billion dollars in the United States.
When we talk about food and sustainability there are numerous variables such as security and food sovereignty, health, impacts on the environment of the production chain and biodiversity, quality and the price of food. The quality of food depends on the economic models used for their production and distribution, mechanisms that can be changed only through a laborious process of change of habits.
ApuliaKundi boost cooperation, also with the so-called poorest countries to promote the exchange of experiences and scientific cooperation, and development cooperation projects in the field of production of Spirulina to eradicate malnutrition and undernourishment.
Increasing food production does not guarantee the elimination of hunger. For this reason, ApuliaKundi helps to make consumers more aware of the processes of production of food, the impact that comes, of their carbon footprint and their own power through daily choices so through a common change we can guarantee the fundamental right of all human beings to be “free from hunger.”