Broken Food System

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The broken food system is an issue derived from the access to food; it is an uncanny crisis pertinent to 870million people (Oxfam 2012). Society’s endeavour to alleviate this crisis leads to an array of issues such as poverty, nutrition and environmental degradation. The existence of the broken food system is inextricably linked to a “wicked problem”, a cycle of insoluble problems that continually exists. The characteristic of a wicked problem has no absolute solution (Rittel & Webber 1973). A broken food system arises from the inability to purchase food due to poverty, "There is food on the shelves, but people are priced out of the market" (Lean 2008, p. 1). Poverty limits the affordability of food, thus reducing the access to nutritious meals paramount to survival. In Haiti, with phenomenal price increases of 50-100%, resulted to the poor resorting to the consumption of biscuits composed of mud and vegetable oil (Holt-Giménez & Peabody 2008). The essence of this issue is difficult to solve, global poverty cannot be eradicated through one political nation’s policy making. As according to Kolko (2012), poverty in one nation is similar but exclusively different from poverty in another. Appropriately the characteristics of poverty correlate to the definition of a wicked problem. Access to wholesome nutritional food should be attainable by everyone. In today’s society fast food is more readily available than fresh foods, as dairy and vegetables are more costly (McDermott & Stephens, 2010). Households are “forced” to purchase inferior processed food, as nutritional food has become unaffordable (Hill 2012). Consequently the increasing consumption of highly processed food results to an obesity epidemic (Neel 2011). To overcome this prevalent issue would require health-awareness education, encouraging society to alter habits, whilst also through government

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