Food Safety and Security Activity

Food Safety and Security Activity

Important Terms and Vocabulary

Green Revolution: beginning in the mid-20th century, a large increase in crop production in developing countries was achieved by the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and high-yield crop varieties

Millennium Development Goals: endorsed by the United Nations in September 2000, eight measurable goals were declared as a commitment to build a safer, more prosperous, and equitable world with a target date of 2015

Sustainable Development Goals: adopted in September 2015, this set of 17 goals seeks to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda; each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years

Famine: when people face a complete lack of access to food and other basic needs and experience mass starvation, death, and destitution

Food Desert: defined as urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food

Food Insecurity: a situation that exists when people lack secure access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food for normal growth and development and an active and healthy life

Food Security: when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life

Hunger: synonymous with chronic undernourishment; defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization as consuming less than a minimum level of kilocalories

Malnutrition: a condition resulting when a person’s diet does not provide adequate nutrients for growth and maintenance

Undernourishment: an indicator of inadequate dietary energy that is assessed at the population level using national food balance sheets to determine the supply of dietary energy available to a given population and modeling of how that energy is distributed across the population

The Week’s Assignment

Click on this link… and then scroll down on the document to read about “A Five-Step Plan to Feed the World”:

Step One: Freeze Agriculture’s Footprint

Step Two: Grow More on Farms We’ve Got

Step Three: Use Resources More Efficiently

Step Four: Shift Diets

Step Five: Reduce Waste

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