Food Crisis: Poverty & Self-sufficiency

The time to invest heavily on proper food supply has been of paramount importance than it is now; for years now there has been a growing concern over the issue of food security—millions of people in South Africa live below the line of poverty, which means that a large number of the country’s population does not have access to the proper foods and that on its own opens up multiple cans of disaster.

The food we consume has an impact on our health and it is vital that we understand the food system in order to make wise and healthier decision, but another thing that needs to be understood is that, it is impossible to maintain good health—especially because it is a financial strain for most people to get even the basic foods. Because of the implications that have come as a result of climate change, the environment itself is unable to produce as much as it used to, in fact the agricultural sector account have decreased from 4 percentage in 1994 to 2.9 percentage today, this has given way to an increased alternative methods that aren’t necessarily good for the our health, because of the increasing demand , which should come natural – the supply of food has the industries pushing to meet the demand, the problem is the methods, food is no longer grown organically, farming has adopted the genetically modified process of production and this has been scientifically proven be a major contributing factor to the development of irregular body cells that lead to cancer.

self-grown foods without the addition of medicals

self-grown foods without the addition of medicals

In terms of the Cape Town community, the only way to arm a fierce defense against poverty and the issue food security, there should be a synergy between the institutional structures at the forefront of this fight but also people need to especially take it upon themselves to better the situation. We need to be self-sufficient, start investing in those home gardens, community central farming—this in turn helps us have a better chance at fighting social and health issues including poverty, malnutrition, which often go hand-in-hand. There is no doubt that because of the natural challenges and shortage of relevant resources, there needs to be more ecological agriculture projects geared towards ensuring that there is at least enough food to avoid a permanent food crisis.

Community farming used as weapon against in impoverished areas

Community farming used as weapon against in impoverished areas

The relationship between the factors of production and the global economy has the poor in a tight spot, because in Cape Town, especially in the townships, most families do not make enough to live a healthy lifestyle, the food they eat is that they can afford but with the introduction of home grown foods they get to eat healthier, avoid excessive medical costs and poverty


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