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Hunger and the food system

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Outpost's Board of Directors will use this blog to discuss issues the board is exploring as it envisions Outpost's future. Can't make it to a meeting? Check here frequently to read what the Board is up to. By Your Board on January 21, 2013

There is no bigger and no more important system, with more connected parts and processes that affect the health and wealth of people, communities, and the environment than the food system. And it’s an amazing system - magnificent in its efficiency and its scale.

But it also produces a raft of unintended consequences, most notably the brutal irony that while we waste over half of our world’s entire food supply, over 2 billion tons of perfectly edible food, there are over 1 billion people in the world who are starving, hungry, or food insecure, including about 50 million Americans.

To put it another way, if we could safely capture and redistribute all of the food that is wasted due to poor storage, unmarketability, or strict labeling practices, we could give every single person in the world who is suffering from hunger 2 tons of food. That’s 4000 pounds. The average person eats only 1500 pounds of food a year.

That’s right - hunger is not a result of poor production, it’s a result of poor distribution. And while the maldistribution of food itself is one main driver of hunger, the inequitable distribution of money, power, access, resources, and markets are often times equal, if not more powerful, determinants of hunger.

Food is at the base of all human activity, so if people are hungry, it is impossible for them to achieve their full potential. Chronic food insecurity and hunger does not build character; rather, it diminishes people, and their communities, of their potential.

It’s a huge problem but of all the social problems facing our world and nation, hunger is also one of the most solvable. We know how to fix it and most importantly, we have the food and (more or less) the resources to do it. By starting small and working to address the issue in our own neighborhoods, that work invariably builds momentum to fix the problem in our city, then state, then nation, and then the world.

Simply by being an Outpost owner, you all are already involved in remediating one small part of the system. What else are you doing to ensure a more equitable food system?

- David Lee, director

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