Thanksgiving is a day for Americans to give thanks for the abundance we enjoy. It is a day of feasts, when people come together over a meal celebrated with many traditions. This year, let’s aim to incorporate a new tradition: reducing food waste.
Hunger is one of the most pressing global development challenges. Roughly 795 million people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger. The importance of addressing this challenge is reflected in the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, notably Goal 2, which aims to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. This is a challenge we can meet: the reality is that we already produce enough food to feed the 7 billion people on the planet, and it is estimated that we already produce enough for the population of 9 billion people we can expect by 2050. Food insecurity exists when families aren’t able to access this food, when they may not have the means to purchase it, or it may be in short supply where they live.