U.N. Sets Goal to End Global Hunger by 2030

At this week’s general assembly, ending hunger was among more than a dozen goals to make the world a better place.

A farmer sells melons from a truck in a market in Turkey. (Photo: Kerry Whitworth/Getty Images)

Sep 26, 2015· 0 MIN READ
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

By the year 2030, hunger could be a thing of the past.

It would be no small feat, but it’s an aim the United Nations put forth during its annual general assembly this week, among 17 goals for global prosperity and peace.

Of the 7.3 billion people on the planet, an estimated 805 million—or one in nine—suffered from chronic hunger between 2012 and 2014, according to the United Nations.

What’s the plan to get there? In part, the U.N. wants to cut food waste in half and improve global agricultural output through sustainable practices. The United States announced the same goals earlier this month, marking the first time that the federal government has set such a lofty target.

Many people might think of food waste as the last three bites of food left on a plate, but the problem is vast. The Natural Resources Defense Council points out that in the United States alone, 40 percent of food gets tossed every year—and that amounts to $162 billion in waste annually. On average, that means American families are losing about $1,500 a year to the garbage pail.

Changing that will take a lot of work, but it’s an ideal that’s hardly new to the U.S.

As President Franklin Delano Roosevelt put it: “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”