The world food system is complex, intricate, and interacts with many factors (i.e. political, environmental, climate, etc.). It isn’t a simple solution to provide equitable food for all. One underlying theme throughout the past lessons is desire for power. Affluent countries hold a lot of power because of their access to advanced technology, ability to produce agriculture, and access to resources (i.e. money, equipment, water, chemicals, etc.). However, citizens in affluent countries have access to an abundant supply of both processed and fresh foods which can leave them in a state of comfort. This state of comfort can result in a blind eye to the environmental destruction around the world. For instance, in Indonesia to extract palm oil a high volume of deforestation has occurred in order to enjoy a bag of Doritos. To some, Doritos is an enjoyable chip while to others it is the reason for a deteriorating environment effecting the soil, climate, agricultural production, and creating political tension in areas of Indonesia.
Industrial giants hold an abundant amount of wealth and power. This causes me to wonder who will hold these industrial giants accountable and how? Will there be follow through and/or enforcement of accountability? With political corruption, increased consumption, and wealth it can be a daunting take to fight against an industrial company like Pepsi Co. for sustainable policies when extracting palm oil.
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