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Theres nothing more fundamental than food and nowadays there seems to be even more variety to choose from than anytime in history But how many people know where the food that they eat was actually produced by whom and with what resources used and wasted and what additives added How does the path from the modern farm to the kitchen affect people and the planet People eat their daily bread without being conscious of the massive loss of topsoil diversity and farm communities involved in its production People happily munch on hamburgers without a thought to the forest being destroyed for cattle grazing or the immense cruelty in the raising and slaughtering of the animals Mothers continue to urge their children to eat their vegetables unaware of the pesticide poisoning of their waters farm workers and wildlife that is involved And these are just some of the simple fears that people who have access to food have to worry about What about those who go day by day without eating sufficient nutrients for their body to function What about all the poor starving people that are a reality that exist in society today Yes poverty is a reality in Belize just as it is for millions of other human beings on the planet Despite all the money that is invested in frivolous projects created by the government and all the money that Belizeans pay in taxes we still have a significant amount of starving citizens Its also despite abundance of food resources Almost 100 billion pounds of food is wasted in America each year 700 million hungry human beings in different parts of the world especially in Belize would have gladly accepted this food The problem therefore does not lie in the fact that there is not enough food being produced instead the problem lies in the amount of food being wasted In fact according to a 1997 study by US Department of Agricultures Economic
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