Dear Eloise: We often hear that there is a global food shortage, affecting more than 238 million people around the world.What’s causing it? Can anything be done to help people who are food insecure? — Lorraine Y., Scranton, Pennsylvania
Lorraine, there are about three main factors contributing to food insecurity.
— Conflict: This is the main reason for food insecurity. It prevents food sources from reaching their intended markets and reduces incomes, all of which lead to higher food prices. When food is cut off, it is considered a weapon of war. The starving people will eventually surrender.
— Economic crisis: Poor countries do not have the capacity to import large amounts of food. This is where humanitarian aid is needed most.
— Weather conditions: The entire planet is experiencing the effects of climate change. Floods, droughts, and hurricanes are taking a toll on food production. Bad weather directly affects both crops and livestock.
Through Feed the Future, the United States is tackling the global hunger problem, which is primarily caused by poverty. The result is food insecurity and malnutrition. Each of us can help by reducing food waste, raising awareness of hunger, and donating to organizations that rush food to places where it’s desperately needed.
For more information, contact the World Food Program at secure.wfpusa.org. — Eloise
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Sweet potato or regular potato?
Dear Eloise: Which is healthier: sweet potatoes or regular potatoes? — Eleanor T., Cottage Grove, MN
Eleanor, both types of potatoes have nutritional value, but sweet potatoes are extremely high in vitamin A. It also has the effect of lowering the glycemic index. This means it is less likely to cause a spike in blood sugar levels.
As a side note, if you’re looking for the healthiest potatoes, red Desiree potatoes are the ones with the highest amount of vitamins and minerals. — Eloise
make an effort
Dear Eloise: Why do so many women stop taking care of themselves in their 40s and 50s? When I work at a full-service salon, I hear women almost every day say, “Oh, I don’t care what I look like.” You really should. When people take care of themselves, it is a sign of a happy and healthy person.
Any stylist can advise a woman about the current hairstyle and color that suits her. We also recommend that women wash their skin with a mild detergent, use a daily moisturizer on their face, and use body lotion on their legs and arms. If you make a little effort and love yourself enough to put in the effort, you will find any woman attractive. — Tiffany F., Lima, OH
Tiffany, many women put in the effort and it pays off. A woman who is reasonably attractive, neat and clean is more likely to be employed and receive a higher salary than one who does not wear makeup or is a little too careless about her appearance.
I’m not saying that’s fair, but it’s our reality. Even if you don’t like makeup, be sure to apply a little lipstick and mascara when you go out. — Eloise
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