Food shortage and insecurity hit several parts of the world, including Australia. Some citizens in remote or rural areas cannot afford to buy food or do not have access to it.

The issue is so widespread that some call it a crisis, which is troubling to note since most people think of Australia as a well-developed country. There are some good-hearted farmers attempting to wage war against this problem along with other individuals.

There is a lot to be done, and a worthy cause is hard to refuse. Many of the people affected are the elderly though there are a number of families who are also dealing with a lack of food.

The Food Shortage Problem

Australia's remote areas have small populations. Furthermore, some of those who decide to live away from metropolitan areas sometimes have no choice and may not have a lot of disposable income.

This means large food suppliers have little interest in transporting produce to these areas, which can take hours to get to. Australians in remote areas do not have many choices when it comes to food, and what does get to them is old and stale.

Most people know that fresh food contains more bioavailable nutrients while older produce is less nutritious. This is the type of food that those living in rural areas are exposed to.

A person's health relies heavily on diet, which means that a bad diet could lead to serious health issues later on. This is noticeable even now since it has been shown that the amount of people with heart problems in remote areas is relatively high. The same can be said about other ailments, such as diabetes.

Help is on the Way

There is a lot that can be done to help this issue yet it is slow coming. For example, people in remote areas need to be encouraged to choose healthier options. This goal could be achieved by taxing foods that are not healthy, which is not entirely far-fetched since it was recently introduced in Mexico.

Reforming food distribution to ensure that even those living in remote areas have access to healthy food may be helpful, but reform takes time. Perhaps this is the reason many within the food distribution industry are doing something about this problem, like wholesale food suppliers and farmers.

Australia's farmers and wholesale food suppliers are teaming up with programs like "Meals for Mates" to make sure that food gets to rural communities who are in dire need of food for their families.

It easy to understand that all Australians deserve the opportunity to eat better. The actions taken by some of those within this industry show that Australians have a heart and care for each other.

There are other initiatives that are attempting to help fight this battle. For example, the community garden and farm movement is growing. The idea is that people in a small community are gathering supplies together and helping each other plant vegetables or fruits to share. These community farms are not catching on as quickly as they should, but the trend has the potential of helping people.

Food delivery services are also springing up around Australia. These door-to-door services are focusing on both metropolitan areas and suburban homes for now, but some of them want to start delivering to homes in rural communities, too.

These solutions are probably not going to solve the problem because hunger has always plagued parts of every society. Still, it is important to continue to help reduce hunger as much as possible, even if the problem cannot be completely solved. People's souls always seem to shine brighter when helping others, and that is making Australia shine at the moment.

Published by Andre Smith