The issues of global environmental degradation are multifaceted and wide-ranging, with impacts that are often set in the long term, somewhat indirect or intangible, or even all of the above at the same time. However, food security issues – as in the scope of this World Food Programme – offers one aspect through which we can approach environmental degradation, because its causes and effects are deeply human. Our desire for stable and cheap food is primal and understandable; the environmental and socioeconomic effects of our policies aimed at securing such food, are however also insidious and even sometimes devastate human lives. In a world that has managed to cultivate enough food for everyone, why is it that people still starve and food is still wasted – and must this come at the price of environmental destruction? Are there ways we can have our cake and eat it, too? Find out with us at SMUN2013’s World Food Programme – we promise no answers, but an insightful ride.
Topic 1: Biofuels
Today, biofuels are increasingly touted as a more environmentally friendly way to travel, as well as an economically viable alternative to oil products. But are they taking up land space used for planting food, and are they aggravating worldwide hunger? How shall we ensure we can reduce our environmental damage without taking food away from the masses?
Topic 2: Overfishing
Fishing is occurring at unsustainable rates, even though we can still go out and buy fish easily today. Again the causes and effects of environmental degradation, hunger, and livelihoods are at intertwined. How can we avoid causing extinction of species or unnecessary crueltyeven as we want to continue enjoying our sushi and fish fillets?
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