Wicked Problem Essay

908 WordsMay 16, 20154 Pages
“Hunger and obesity is an indicator that our food system isn’t working.” (Oxfam International 2011) A food system involves the global production, distribution and consumption of food and agricultural resources. An impartial food system links together the biological, economic and sociocultural factors of food production, transportation and consumption to eradicate nutritional polarization and equally distribute the world’s food between its seven billion inhabitants (Tony, 1995). Though presently 870 million people go to bed hungry each night despite the world generating enough food for everyone to consume. For example world agriculture produces 17% more calories per person today then it did 30 years ago, despite a 70% population increase. That is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories per person per day (World Hunger education service, 2012). Though one of the main issues with today’s food system is the corporatization of multi national Agricultural enterprises whose market share, bargaining power and control over food markets allows them to act in their personal interest of generating revenue instead of equally feeding the 925 million malnourished people in todays world (Worsley, 1995). We know this unequal distribution and production of food to be a broken food system. A wicked problem is a large-scale dilemma, involving many stakeholders with different values and priorities (Camillus, 2005). In contemporary society we face countless wicked problems, climate change and overpopulation prime examples of these complex complications. Brocken food systems are considered a wicked problem as they involve a plethora of companies, farms, societies and individuals whose interests are diverged by economic and sociocultural philosophies behind the consumption, production and distribution of food. The roots of a wicked problem are

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