This week, Nutripol is lucky to have our very first guest article by Dr. Hope Johnson of the Queensland University of Technology! Despite the fact that international human rights legislation has evolved to include the right to safe, affordable, culturally appropriate, and nourishing food, there are still millions of people experiencing food shortages and micronutrient deficiencies. Dr. Johnson helps explain this paradox, and argues why a rights-based approach to food security might be a critical step for ensuring food security worldwide.
A few weeks back, I wrote a Think About It piece on Jif Peanut Butter. For those of us with plenty to eat, the relatively high calorie count and fat content of peanut butter is reason enough to minimize its consumption. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many others in the world today. In 2014, it was estimated that over 50 million children were acutely malnourished, and 2.6 million children die every single year from malnutrition-related causes. Read on to see how peanut butter has the potential to rescue up to 95% of afflicted children in the form of a Ready to Eat Therapeutic Food (RUTF), and how Project Peanut Butter (PPB) is saving lives every single day.
The reduction in global hunger is often touted as one of the greatest achievements in the modern era, despite the fact that nearly 15% of people in developing nations are chronically malnourished. This is a perfectly preventable problem — an abundance of the proper nutrients and minerals could help save the three million children who perish every year as a result of malnutrition.