According to the United Nations (U.N.), released in an annual report the number of hungry people (humans who face chronic food deprivation) has increased from 804 million (2016) to 821 million (2017). Populations in South America and Africa had the worst increase. Over the past three years, the number of hungry people has grown. And what has caused this growth? According to the experts like David Beasley the head of the World Food Program, climate change might be the answer.
The report published found that volatile fluctuations in climate change such as flooding to extreme drought limit the production of wheat, rice, and corn across the globe. As the average temperature increases year over year – these fluctuations will only get worse. The report also urges to create policy changes to help those who are more likely to suffer from malnutrition: infants, children, adolescent girls, and women.
Part of the issue that we as a society suffer from is the fact that a lot of these environmental don’t affect us. But Beasley points out that in as little as 30 years if trends continue upward large cities like London, Washington D.C., Paris and Chicago will also have residents suffering from malnutrition.
Another issue that needs to be addressed by a criminal lawyer is the fact that while global hunger is on the rise, rates of adult obesity are on the rise as well. The report said that lower-income families do not have the accessibility to nutritious foods which leaves them on the opposite end of the spectrum: rather than starving they are obese. There is some evidence that breastfeeding can lower the risk of obesity. Svetlana Axelrod, assistant director-general for the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding your children as long as possible.