food security | The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News - Part 3
Today’s Solutions: July 12, 2024

Report: It would cost $330 bil

Report: It would cost $330 billion to end global hunger by 2030

More than 10 percent of the total global population is expected to go hungry in 2020. By spending $330 billion on strategic interventions, the number of hungry people around the world could decrease down to zero by 2030, according to a series of recent reports which looked at available solutions to Read More...

Nobel Peace Prize recognizes i

Nobel Peace Prize recognizes importance of food security in 2020

Some of the most influential humans in the world have won the Nobel Peace Prize including Malala Yousafzai, Barack Obama, and Nelson Mandela. This year, the prize goes to a much broader world actor: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity Read More...

Grocery startup stocks up Bay

Grocery startup stocks up Bay Area street fridges with free food

Cheetah is a wholesale grocery delivery startup, but their new side project involves putting street fridges full of food out in the open in San Jose and Oakland, California. The fridges are decorated with paintings of produce and are part of the company’s #FoodGiving Campaign to provide free food Read More...

Why solving hunger is more tha

Why solving hunger is more than just making food cheaper

When we look at the fact that 8.9 percent of the world’s population is undernourished, it’s tempting to point to cheaper food as the solution. In reality, types of food available, access points, and distribution networks are far more influential in solving long term food Read More...

How groups of gleaners are bri

How groups of gleaners are bridging the gap between farms and the food insecure

Whether it was stopping on the side of the road to pick wild plums or gathering apples from a neighborhood tree, most of us have gleaned at least once in our lives. Now, this practice of gathering leftover produce throughout the community is finding new purpose as a source of food for those in need Read More...

Community fridges are popping

Community fridges are popping up in New York to solve local food insecurity

In early February, Thadeaus Umpster found a free refrigerator on Craigslist. He intended to use the glass-door fridge, the kind you might find in a supermarket, to store donations for the weekly food share he helps run in Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn. Just one problem: When he brought it Read More...

Demand for community supported

Demand for community supported agriculture has never been higher

Recently, we’ve highlighted the rise of microgrid food systems and the movement towards buying local to address the resiliency challenges of COVID-19. Farm to table community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs are another aspect of local economies thriving as the pandemic disrupts distribution Read More...

This urban farm has revived an

This urban farm has revived an impoverished community in Dallas

Dallas may be one of the wealthiest cities in the world, but its wealth is unevenly distributed amongst its neighborhoods. In the Bonton community in South Dallas, 48 percent of residents suffer daily from the effects of urban poverty. Rates of incarceration and joblessness are highly Read More...

Organic farming beneficial to

Organic farming beneficial to biodiversity, study finds

The need to meet the food demand of a growing global population runs into one major self-defeating cycle: intensive conventional agriculture damages biodiversity—what with chemicals and monocrops destroying plants diversity and wildlife habitats. Eventually, reduced biodiversity jeopardizes Read More...