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Addressing Threats to Food Security
The United Nations’ Committee defined food security as the state which ensures that “all
people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious
food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life. (World
Food Summit, 1996) The inability to fully achieve such envisioned goal usually stems from
environmental issues, poverty, growing vast population, ineffective implementation and
management, and other stressors which later could lead to severe repercussions such as hunger,
malnutrition, and other chronic diseases that may be detrimental to one’s health, worse, to a greater
number of individuals in a community. Food security is also relatively affiliated to both pest and
soil management as most of the food resources are crops. Food production, most particularly in
the Philippines, heavily leans on agriculture. Hence, damaged soil due to the excessive application
of toxic pesticide poses a major threat food safety.
Global
At the height of a global pandemic, the global food security is also at stake aside from the
public health, livelihood, and economy. An article from Science magazine stated that the issue on
food security crisis would take its toll primarily to the underdeveloped and the vulnerable
countries. Due to the implementation of travel bans and movement restrictions, food and
agricultural markets face disruptions in trade flows of food supply chains, limping the distribution
process. Though, lockdown measures were later lifted for essential goods. Because everything
seems to be put into halt while the health crisis transpires, the economic growth likewise became
subdued, if not stagnant. This has caused loses and declines to incomes and increases in poverty
which greatly impacted food security and dietary nutrition. Food shortages and lower incomes
controlled the dietary choice of people, sacrificing nutrition for survival.
Philippines/Local
In an article published on Borgen Magazine, it was discussed how the Philippines’
susceptibility to calamities such as flashflood and climate change gravely affects the food supply.
Most farmer crops after a devastating catastrophe would have been inedible and unusable, resulting
to not just the insufficient supply but also the instability of economic income of our farmers.
Transportation of goods from rural places to the metro is also a challenge faced by the transporters
due to the inaccessibility, if not poor, infrastructures and roads. The crops before having been
delivered may be spoiled, damaged, and aged, all the more impairing the overall agriculture
productivity and food security sustainability. Other challenges include lack of agricultural research
and development and corruption.
Personal Stand and Possible Solutions
The problems presented would have been better addressed if everyone takes a collective
effort in advocating for food security and safety. As a simple individual, I will have to use my
voice to call for immediate course of action, such as the passage and effective implementation of
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a law safeguarding and ensuring food security, allotted budget for research and development, and
innovations for accessible transportation of crops and goods, from the governing bodies to address
these threats. And when the law is enacted, of course, I would have to strictly abide by it. Aside
from that, I can also join movements as early as now so I can also firsthand help in mitigating such
problems like engaging with the agricultural sector, learning their concerns, and voicing it out for
or with them. As a future tourism graduate, I can also use my sufficient wisdom to educate other
people who are still indifferent or ignorant regarding these pressing challenges to food security
and how it harms humans, particularly the marginalized, the poor and underprivileged, and the
agriculture laborers. Education also comes with helping the people recognize farmers and break
the common long held stigma and stereotypes about the field of agriculture. We must empower
our farmers and encourage the youth to take programs related to agriculture for a greater manpower
and the future flourishment and revitalization of agriculture in our country. Also, I can help in
sustaining a healthy agri-tourism sector as I willed to enter this industry. Finally, I will have to use
my knowledge to effectively execute good food management to serve the core of the tourism
industry, the tourists/customers.
References:
Jodloman, C., 2018. [OPINION] Are We Food Secure?. Rappler. Retrieved from
https://rappler.com/voices/imho/opinion-food-security-revolutionary-agriculture [Accessed 18
September 2020].
Laborde, D., Martin, W. Swinnen, J., Vos, R., 2020. COVID-19 risks to global food
security. Retrieved from https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6503/500 [Accessed 18
September 2020].
Suansing, B., 2017. What Causes Food Insecurity In The Philippines?. BORGEN
MAGAZINE. Retrieved from https://www.borgenmagazine.com/causes-food-insecurity-in-the-
philippines/ [Accessed 18 September 2020].

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Addressing Threats to Food Security The United Nations’ Committee defined food security as the state which ensures that “all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.” (World Food Summit, 1996) The inability to fully achieve such envisioned goal usually stems from environmental issues, poverty, growing vast population, ineffective implementation and management, and other stressors which later could lead to severe repercussions such as hunger, malnutrition, and other chronic diseases that may be detrimental to one’s health, worse, to a greater number of individuals in a community. Food security is also relatively affiliated to both pest and soil management as most of the food resources are crops. Food production, most particularly in the Philippines, heavily leans on agriculture. Hence, damaged soil due to the excessive application of toxic pesticide poses a major threat food safety. Global At the height of a global pandemic, the global food security is also at stake aside from the public health, livelihood, and economy. An article from Science magazine stated that the issue on food security crisis would take its toll primarily to the underdeveloped and the vulnerable countries. Due to the implementation of travel bans and movement restrictions, food and agricultural markets face disruptions in trade flows of food supply chains, limping the distribution process. Though, lockdown measures were later lifted for essential goods. Because everything seems to be put into halt while the health crisis transpires, the economic growth likewise became subdued, if not stagnant. This has caused loses and declines to incomes and increases in poverty which greatly impacted food security and dietary nutrition. Food shortages and lower incomes controlled the dietary choice of people, sacrificing nutrition for survival. Philippines/Local In an article published on Borgen Magazine, it was discussed how the Philippines’ susceptibility to calamities such as flashflood and climate change gravely affects the food supply. Most farmer crops after a devastating catastrophe would have been inedible and unusable, resulting to not just the insufficient supply but also the instability of economic income of our farmers. Transportation of goods from rural places to the metro is also a challenge faced by the transporters due to the inaccessibility, if not poor, infrastructures and roads. The crops before having been delivered may be spoiled, damaged, and aged, all the more impairing the overall agriculture productivity and food security sustainability. Other challenges include lack of agricultural research and development and corruption. Personal Stand and Possible Solutions The problems presented would have been better addressed if everyone takes a collective effort in advocating for food security and safety. As a simple individual, I will have to use my voice to call for immediate course of action, such as the passage and effective implementation of a law safeguarding and ensuring food security, allotted budget for research and development, and innovations for accessible transportation of crops and goods, from the governing bodies to address these threats. And when the law is enacted, of course, I would have to strictly abide by it. Aside from that, I can also join movements as early as now so I can also firsthand help in mitigating such problems like engaging with the agricultural sector, learning their concerns, and voicing it out for or with them. As a future tourism graduate, I can also use my sufficient wisdom to educate other people who are still indifferent or ignorant regarding these pressing challenges to food security and how it harms humans, particularly the marginalized, the poor and underprivileged, and the agriculture laborers. Education also comes with helping the people recognize farmers and break the common long held stigma and stereotypes about the field of agriculture. We must empower our farmers and encourage the youth to take programs related to agriculture for a greater manpower and the future flourishment and revitalization of agriculture in our country. Also, I can help in sustaining a healthy agri-tourism sector as I willed to enter this industry. Finally, I will have to use my knowledge to effectively execute good food management to serve the core of the tourism industry, the tourists/customers. References: Jodloman, C., 2018. [OPINION] Are We Food Secure?. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/voices/imho/opinion-food-security-revolutionary-agriculture [Accessed 18 September 2020]. Laborde, D., Martin, W. Swinnen, J., Vos, R., 2020. COVID-19 risks to global food security. Retrieved from https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6503/500 [Accessed 18 September 2020]. Suansing, B., 2017. What Causes Food Insecurity In The Philippines?. BORGEN MAGAZINE. Retrieved from https://www.borgenmagazine.com/causes-food-insecurity-in-thephilippines/ [Accessed 18 September 2020]. Name: Description: ...
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