We all know about income inequality, and that gap is definitely still widening with the dissolving of the middle class, but that is that the only gap the world population need to mind.
Food inequality is also becoming a greater prevalent issue; an example is America’s richest people are eating better whilst the poorest people in America are eating worse. This finding is based on a study from October 2014 which endeavoured to look at the quality of American people’s diets from 1999 to 2010. ‘Socioeconomic status was associated strongly with dietary quality and the gaps in dietary quality between higher and lower socioeconomic status widened over time’.
What is to blame for the divide, I personally think it is thanks to three things, three things which I will look into further detail. Price, knowledge and obviously income are all factors which could have widened the food inequality gap.
The importance of eating healthily is prevalent we in the UK can not go on a channel without seeing the importance of eating healthily, it is growing in popularity it is however extremely expensive, consequently unattainable to poorer people globally. As a student I’d rather pay my rent rather than getting organic meals. But the question has to be asked is this is the negative side of globalisation; we can’t go down a food aisle without seeing food imported in from all corners of the globe. ‘Globalisation generates winners and losers, and for this reason it is likely to increase inequality as richer nations benefit relative to poorer nations’. (Higson 2011)
The food inequality is also a reflection on the growing income gap. Again to make reference to America, the difference in income between the countries’ richest and poorest part of the population was the highest in 80 years. That then leaves the question is the American dream becoming the American nightmare? Guy Standing’s precariat and basic income presentation had the harrowing statement that we have seen a spread of social and economic insecurity’ (Standing, Precariat and basic income), the introduction of food stamps from the government is a further example as to how the food inequality gap is widening.
Food inequality could also potentially derive from the lack of knowledge; it could be the inequality of knowledge between the precariat and those whom are affluent are aware of what they are eating and how it can affect them either negatively or positively. There is clearly a strong correlation between education and eating well, and the emphasis of that is shown in British schools where children must eat a piece of fruit with their lunch if they are school dinners, this again could be the governments attempt to bridge the food inequality gap.
Irrespective of what is the cause of food inequality the issue is that it is very prevalent. It is almost a big an issue as income inequality. But the presence of food stamps isn’t a long term solution to a very big problem that the world is beginning to face. Food inequality can also be the thing to help bridge the gap between income inequalities.
http://www.guystanding.com/files/documents/forum_poverta_napoli_-_guy_standing.pdf The Precariat and Basic Income, date accessed 17/12/2014
Higson, G (2011) The Global Economy, Economics Online Ltd
Standing, G (2011) The Precariat: The new dangerous class. Bloomsbury Academic.
http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1899558 date accessed 17/12/2014