Abstract

According to Yale University the population in the year 2020 is 7.8 billion people. The world is continuing to grow more and more each day, by the year 2056 the population will be at 10 billion people. With all those mouths to feed how are we going to do it? Even with problems such as housing, sanitation, and nutrition, the problem at hand is far worse. The world poverty, hunger, and population continue to rise, and the limited supply of agricultural resources is slowly being depleted creating the dire need to address the major issue of food waste in the United States. It’s not how you are going to grow it; it is what are you going to do with the left-over waste. There are many people of the world suffering every day, but for many people in the United States food waste is a habit every day. It has become a problem for the masses on why we waste when you can help those in need? The United Nations is slowly trying to change the world, but they alone cannot fix it, it is going to take a global effort. “The latest available estimates indicate that about 821 million people in the world were undernourished in 2018. One in nine people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are the biggest risks to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined." This quote from the United Nations, and is eye-opening to see just how many people are suffering and what can ultimately be done for it. To fix the problem we must see the problem, bringing this issue to the light is what a small group of people are now doing, and it is taking off better than ever. The question to ask is where we face this dilemma, and how can we take it head-on and put food in the mouths of the masses. The importance of this is not only to feed the less fortunate, it's time to realize what we have as luxuries and others do not have. The journey you can go on and see the advantages you have compared to the other poverty and food insecurities. Freeganism, this is the practice of minimal consumption of resources and the recovery of good food thrown to waste. Important to understand that you can, conserve and save, not to waste on what you do not want.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2020

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Scott Douglass

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Agricultural Studies

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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