UNSDG #2: Zero Hunger

It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centered rural development and protecting the environment.

Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters, such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities. Poor food security is also causing millions of children to be stunted, or too short for the ages, due to severe malnutrition.

A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish the 821 million people who are hungry today and the additional 2 billion people expected to be undernourished by 2050. Investments in agriculture are crucial to increasing the capacity for agricultural productivity and sustainable food production systems are necessary to help alleviate the perils of hunger.
UN Sustainable Development Goals


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Wednesday, April 27th
9:30 AM

Composting at IMSA

Aidan Kim '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Alicia Lopez '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Nashra Younus '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

In the US alone 30-40% of food is wasted every year. Wasted food that ends up in landfills releases methane emissions. According to the US EPA, methane emissions are more than 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The energy and water used to produce that food are also wasted. These reasons alone make this UNSDG, goal 2 “Zero ... Read More

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

9:55 AM

Feeding Families Across Illinois

Vidyoot Senthilvenkatesh '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Michael X '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Raven McKelvin '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Ashley X '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Food shortage is a growing problem in Illinois, with 1 in 7 people from Cook County facing food insecurity this year. Estimates show that U.S. schools waste a total of 530,000 tons of food per year. Impoverished families have a harder time putting food on the table, which has a detrimental impact on people's health and well-being. The lack ... Read More

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM

11:10 AM

Reallocating Wasted Food

Evelyn Cunneen '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Gwen Olney '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Brandon Rogers '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

The UNSDG goal that our group decided to focus on is Zero Hunger. Over the pandemic, out of all the students who qualified for free or reduced lunch, only 15% were receiving it. For many of these students, specifically those who live in food deserts, the meal that they receive in school is the only meal they will get ... Read More

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM