Covid-19 Vs. Food Security; Are we Safe?

September 18, 2020

Covid-19 Vs. Food Security; Are we Safe?

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Nia Rennix

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The Coronavirus pandemic has reeled a significant blow to the health sector. However, much more than the health sector, it’s gripping effect has also been felt on the economy.

The world is faced with a sudden economic crisis of which food security is a kingpin and has become a conquest of uncertainty. According to the UN’s food program report, more than 130 million people could face massive food insecurity by the end of 2020; This is just in addition to the 135 million people faced with hunger and food insecurity before the pandemic.

Food availability has been a significant issue in the world for decades, still the solutions have barely been provided. Measures such as aids, food reserves, and food importation must be implored to reduce global food insecurity.

 With the pandemic unveiling, it’s viciousness global exportation and Importation have been greatly cowered down.

With the growing lockdown issued worldwide, trading and production level have taken a huge hit, resulting in a rise in food insecurity.

Who’s affected?

As the pandemic keeps increasing and lockdown measures become tighter, millions are being affected, especially among the low and middle-class earners.

Below is a compilation of the sect that is threatened by these global challenges.

  • The Poor and Middle-Class Globally

Much more than any sect of the population, the low and middle class face grave challenges as the pandemic worsens.

According to CNBC, 47 million working-class Americans are at risk of losing their job; this means that a significant proportion of the population might find it difficult to afford a 3 square meal.

  • Children and state-sponsored children’s meals

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves lunch to 29.8 million school children every day. The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides breakfast to 14.71 million students every day.

As schools remain closed under the wake of Covid-19, it is a tough time for those parents who count on the schools to feed their children.

  • Sub-Saharan African Countries

Three hundred and seventy-seven million Africans live below two dollars a day. Africa remains a massive threshold in the fight against COVID 19.

With the pandemic leasing a severe blow to the economy, and prices increasing daily, it is no surprise that many in Africa would find it difficult to feed.

  • Peasant Farmers and Retailers

Due to the lockdown restrictions, the global agricultural markets have experienced inactivity.

Peasant farmers cannot travel to their farmlands, and their products cannot be shipped across the markets.

This stringent restriction leads to food insecurity and other crisis.

Food Security: the bottom line

Every global and Nationwide pandemic comes with a crumbling effect on the economy. International trade, businesses, and the inflation rate are often the first to get hit. With revenues and return on investment dropping, experts believe we are in for another great depression gradually reducing.

But much more endangering is the high-level risk of food insecurity. However, to reduce food insecurity, several things must be done.

Below are a few:

  • Opening the international and local markets periodically

Lockdown or hunger? This has been the question of the masses. For food security, the markets must be opened at regular intervals.

This will help in the exportation and circulation of food and agricultural products all over the world.

  • Food Aids and Delivery

According to the UN, more than 831 million people suffered from hunger in 2018 with the increasing threats of food insecurity due to the pandemic; more persons might likely suffer from hunger.

To curb this, the government and foreign bodies must endeavor to provide food aids.

Conclusion

The Virus Vs. Food security is a formidable bout that may never end. The UN warns that more than 130 million people might suffer from chronic hunger due to the pandemic.

It is paramount; the world needs to focus its attention towards enacting measures that would enhance food security and prevent the rapid spread of hunger as the world comes to terms with this virus.

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The Keto diet is one of the best available options if you’re trying to lose weight safely and quickly. This diet allows you to eat delicious meats, healthy fats, and vegetables—all targeted to help you burn the extra fat on your body by putting you into ketosis! Fascinating, right? To understand how the Keto Diet works, you need to learn about macros responsible for fueling our body.

Macros refer to three essential nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids (fats). These are considered the three essential macronutrients that we consume to get energy. Usually, a typical meal consists of 60% carbohydrate, 20% protein, and 20% fat or lipid.

The Keto Diet suggests that you reduce carbohydrates and make your diet heavier in protein and fats. When you decide to go on a Keto Diet, your meals generally consist of 65% fat, 30% protein, and 5% carbohydrate. If the body gets less than 20 grams of carbohydrate each day, it goes into ketosis, a metabolic process that burns stored fat to produce ketone bodies that supply the energy required to run your body. Thus, if you plan your meals meticulously and keep the carbohydrate consumption extremely low, you can expect to lose weight quickly.

Here is a 3-Day Keto-Compliant Meal Plan

The upside of this diet is that the meals are not bland and are reasonably easy to prepare.

Keto Diet Day 1

Breakfast: Keto Pancakes and Stir-fried Broccoli

Break two eggs in a bowl and add 1/2 tablespoon of almond flour. Next, throw in 2 ounces of cream cheese and a pinch of salt to taste. Whisk the mixture until you get a smooth combination of pouring consistency. Heat butter in a pan and fry the pancakes one by one.

Cut a small head of broccoli into florets and wash them under running water—heat olive oil in a pan and throw in some chopped garlic. Once you get a pleasant aroma, add the broccoli florets and stir fry them for a minute or two. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt, and your breakfast is ready.

Note: If you prefer your pancakes a little sweeter, you can add a pinch of cinnamon or vanilla instead of salt in the pancake mixture and pair the cooked pancakes with fresh strawberries.

Snack: Assorted Nuts

You can have a handful of mixed nuts to prevent sudden hunger pains. Almondscashews, and pistachios are all keto-compliant nuts. You can dry roast them lightly to enhance the taste.

Lunch: Stir-fried Chicken and Veggies

Add one pound of minced chicken breast to heated oil in a pan. Chop some cabbages, peppers, and tomatoes and add them after 5 minutes. Keep tossing and add ginger and garlic paste after five more minutes. Turn off the heat and shred a little bit of cheese on top of the mixture. 

Dinner: Broccoli-Mushroom Salad with Diced Chicken

Cut one small broccoli and some button mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Dice a quarter pound of chicken breast into cubes. Heat olive oil in a wok and toss in the chicken slices first. Once they are lightly fried, neatly move them to a bowl and add a dollop of butter to the pan. Cook the broccoli and the mushrooms for 1 minute and then add the cooked chicken. Add a few cloves of chopped garlic and toss for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and sprinkle oregano generously. Your dinner is ready.

Keto Diet Day 2

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon, and Grilled Brussel Sprouts

Break two large eggs, add a bit of salt and pepper. Whisk into a smooth solution. Chop half an onion and one tomato into small pieces and add them to the eggs. Heat a little butter in a pan, pour in the egg mixture and scramble with a spatula. When the eggs are half done, you can shred in some cheese for extra taste.

Grill two slices of turkey bacon.

Arrange some Brussels sprouts on a skewer and coat them with chopped garlic, crushed ginger, and olive oil. Grill each side for 5 minutes to a light golden color. Now, your delicious breakfast is ready!

Snack: Veggie Sticks Dipped in Peanut Butter

Cut carrots and celery into 3-inch sticks. Dip them in peanut butter for a quick and tasty snack.

Lunch: Collard Shrimp Wrap

Take a giant collard leaf and blanch it in salted water for 30 seconds. Coat 1 pound of shrimp with sea salt and pepper. Cut one tomato and one green bell pepper into small cubes. Heat oil and toss the tomatoes and the bell peppers first. After a minute, add the shrimp and toss everything for 1 minute. Add one spoonful of butter and some chopped garlic cloves and cook for another minute. Turn off the flame, and your filling is ready. Place it neatly within the collard, leave and roll it into a nice, savory wrap.

Dinner: Pork Chops

Sear bone-in pork chops on both sides for around 4 minutes in heated olive oil. Take butter in a bowl and mix it with rosemary and chopped garlic. Place the chops on a baking tray brushed with butter mixture and cook for 12-15 minutes at 375°F. Once done, drizzle more butter on the chops and enjoy your dinner.

Keto Diet Day 3

Breakfast: Fruit Smoothie and Smoked Sausages

If you prefer a predominantly sweet breakfast, you can go for a fruit smoothie that tastes excellent, filling, and has few carbohydrates. Add frozen strawberries, frozen raspberries, and frozen blackberries in a blender. Add almond or coconut milk to get a rich and creamy taste. Blend them. You can sprinkle some bits of almond and grated coconut on top to enhance the flavor.

Have two turkey sausages on the side for an even more satisfying breakfast.

Snack: Egg Muffins (Makes two servings)

Crack and whisk one egg. Add 3-5 chopped mushrooms to it. Crush a clove of garlic and add a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Mix well and pour into two muffin molds. You can add cheese or tomatoes as well for variety.

Lunch: Classic Egg Salad With A Twist

Take two hard-boiled eggs and crush them to form bite-sized pieces. Dice onion and avocado into small pieces. Next, wash a handful of cherry tomatoes. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt. You can squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it, and your egg salad will be ready to eat.

Or, you can prepare a proper dressing by mixing two tablespoons of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of Greek yogurt, and a dash of olive oil. Gradually, fold the sauce into the egg mixture and end by sprinkling a little bit of kosher salt.

Dinner: Meatballs and Side Salad

Take 1/2 pound of ground beef and add chopped garlic, ginger, shredded mozzarella, and one egg. Mix well and form into five balls. Heat oil in a skillet and fry the meatballs to a rich golden color for around 10 minutes. Move the meatballs to a plate and add one chopped onion to the skillet and fry until golden brown. Add two chopped tomatoes and keep cooking until a sauce-like consistency is obtained. Throw in garlic paste and coconut milk and the broth will turn creamy. Add the meatballs and cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, and your dinner is ready.

So, take a deep breath and jump onto the Keto bandwagon. Starting is the hard part. Once you get started, the journey is smooth sailing! And, the weight loss and extra energy are fantastic!

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