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FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY IS THE 'NEW NORMAL'

FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY IS THE 'NEW NORMAL' #LIFEGOALS: The ongoing #Covid19 pandemic is an eye-opener for many people, not only in relation to our health, but the sufficiency and source of the food we eat, too. It made us realize how dependent and vulnerable we are when it comes to food. So much so that being food self-sufficient has become an important part of our life goals in the new normal. When community quarantine and lockdown was implemented, many Filipinos find themselves out of food already after a week or so. The lack of food was of course due to many factors—no money due to loss of income, no access to food due to closures of nearby stores and movement of food supply was hampered.


People get restless and angry when they get hungry. That is not unique to us Filipinos. It is human nature and universal. The expression “food is life” is very true. The right to food is a basic human right. We can empower people to grow or produce their own food as much as we can, but agriculture officials and policymakers should put in place a sustainable program to ensure that the people will not run out of food, with or without a crisis. Besides food security, agriculture should also be about food self-sufficiency. She cited that although the government prioritized the unhampered movement of food all over the country, it is not logistically possible to accomplish it during an emergency or pandemic situation.

 

FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY IS THE 'NEW NORMAL'


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