American Food Insecurity

With the global population expected to reach over 9 billion by 2050, there’s a continuous need to increase food, quality, production & availability in order to meet the growing demand for proper nutrition & mitigate increases in food prices. In fact, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Food Program, it has been projected that global food production will need to increase by 70% in order to meet the average daily caloric requirement of the world’s population in 2050.

These facts from a global perspective actually parallel the realities on a local level!

According to the USDA over 8 million American citizens were uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet their nutritional needs because they had insufficient money or other resources for food. And, 13.6 percent of households with children were food insecure in 2019.

We can look around our local communities and notice there’s been a significant shift toward more Americans growing their own food in home and community gardens.

The mission of Perspectives On is to provide awareness on ways everyone can improve their quality of life, through activism wether it be through our faith.

You may be wondering how to grow vegetables if you have little to no space with full sun exposure, but many vegetables will tolerate partial shade, and a few could even be considered 'shade vegetables' as they won't tolerate full sun exposure.

Maybe you live in an apartment with not much more than a balcony, but you love fresh veggies and would still like to grow your own - no problem! Here are some top tips to help make your urban garden a tasty success.

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