Jackfruit Versus World Hunger

World hunger, global warming, and the pandemic are the current problems that the world is facing right now. All three are extremely relevant, and the former two will decide the economic and political future of the world. Since this site is about developments in the food industry, the first problem of world hunger is one that can be talked about. Many countries have high rates of hunger, which means that a person does nto have a guaranteed meal every day. This is a sensitive topic, and there are many levels to world hunger which most people don’t understand. Over the last 5 years, governments have been researching how to better the life of their starving citizens, how to aid them when they need it the most. And a possible solution may just be a simple crop. Jackfruit.

Jackfruit has always been an important fruit in many cultures. One important quality of the fruit is that all parts of it, including the tree it is grown on, can be used for the betterment of said cultures. The leaves of the plant and tree contain antioxidants, detoxifications, and phytonutrients. The wood from the tree is compact and easy to work with. It is also resistant to termites, making it a good choice for furniture. The fruit itself is extremely nutritious. Often used as a meat substitute, it has high levels of protein, potassium, minerals, and vitamins. In addition, it has the texture of pulled pork. This means that many countries in South Asia, where jackfruit naturally grows, can use this fruit to substitute for meats they cannot eat. Jackfruit also grows extremely fast, and produces large fruit that can weigh from 3-10 watermelons (27-90 kilograms).

But this has become a disadvantage. This fruit hasn’t gained the attention it deserves yet. The demand for jackfruit isn’t where it should be. Since the supply is so high, the price of jackfruit has gone down, as suppliers just want to get ride of their stockpile. But this has ruined the economy which goes hand in hand with jackfruit. Mass exports have become impossible due to the low valuation, where suppliers are losing money and still have the remaining 75% of their harvested jackfruit. If only this plant was able to be cultivated in other land masses, where the fruit could be growing in the place where it is needed. World hunger wouldn’t be a problem if this plant was everywhere. Yet, it is found everywhere. The countries with the highest hunger rates are Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen.These countries already have established trade with other countries on the African Continent, such as Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius, and other tropical African countries. These countries are known to be native to jackfruit.

The country which produces the most jackfruit annually is India. As mentioned before, they are forced to waste up to 75% of their annual harvest. This is not good, and the Indian government recognizes it. Fame is being brought to the fruit, and the stigma against it is being lifted. All the magical properties, the convenience, and the speed of growth have made it cheap. And people think that it is for people who can only afford jackfruit. Sales have decreased even more because people don’t want to be seen with an “imitation meat”. Organizations are being developed simply for the cause of bringing fame to the crop, and rightfully so. Jackfruit belongs in a higher category of fruits than it currently is in.

Vegan consumers have been crazing over jackfruit for years. In the past, veganism was correlated with green vegetables, no flavor, and people trying to lose weight. Now, veganism is a heavily studied diet which is also known for attempting to imitate the foods in the world of an omnivorous diet. Jackfruit is extremely versatile, and suitable for so many different dietary requirements. Jackfruit has the potential to become the face of veganism and the solution to world hunger all at once. People just need to give it the chance it deserves.

Sources:
https://borgenproject.org/jackfruit-ending-world-hunger/
https://lifetone.co.uk/blogs/news/jackfruit-leaves-health-benefits
https://kaliudabali.com/all-about-jackfruit-wood-or-jackwood/
https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/story/worlds-hungriest-countries

Breaking Down: Salt vs. Sugar

The debate between the most detrimental common substance has long raged between salt and sugar. At first glance, they both look similar, normally being fine white grains. But as you find out more about them, you can answer the central question yourself; which is worse?

First, the definition of sugar needs to be cleared up. As I have clarified on this blog before, plain table sugar, sucrose, does not sum up the entire category of what dieticians and scientists define as sugar. Sugar is a generic term used to describe a sweet tasting, soluble, carbohydrate. Other compounds, such as glucose, lactose, and fructose are also sugars. Many people don’t need lactose, but it does help. Your body needs many sugars to work properly, so it is important not to wave them out of your diet. Next, the definition of salt. This usually comes with less confusion, but it doesn’t hurt to give a consice definition once and for all. Salt is a crystalline substance that is formed during a reaction of a base and an acid.

Over time, dieticians have studied the importance and effects of all different substances that fall into these categories. The benefits of salt have been studied, and it is a necessity. Salt helps regulate your muscle contractions and relaxations, it helps reinforce nerve functions, maintain blood pressure, and helps your body retain water, which keeps your fluid balance in check. Sugar only has one benefit, but this is an extremely important one. Sugar acts as an energy source. For your muscles, your brain, your nervous system, and if you ever have too much, it is simply stored for the next time! Both of these categories of substances have their pros, but what about the cons?

Salt can be extremely dangerous if overused. Overuse can inflame your muscles, including your heart. It can induce high blood pressure, kidney disease, stomach cancer, and even strokes. Your body needs salt to help maintain the health of your organs and muscles, but too much puts them at jeopardy. Sugar also has its cons. Along with high blood pressure and inflammation, sugar also brings diabetes, liver diseases, and increased risk of heart attack to the table. Most of these cons only occur hand in hand with overuse over a long period of time, but “overuse” is a vague term that doesn’t stay the same for everyone.

Synthetic sugars are more common than synthetic salts. Splenda, NutraSweet, and Newtame are all popular brands that claim to be a lot healthier than plain sucrose. At the end of the day, they are usually 100x stronger than sucrose, but they come with exponential weight gain, tumors, and other cancers. Synthetic salts are even more dangerous. They are drugs, and can become addictive. These synthetic salts have no health benefits whatsoever.

Both salts and sugars have their own pros and cons. Personally, I would choose sugar over salt. The main reason for this is storage. Excess sugar is stored in your muscles, waiting to be used as an energy source. Excess salt can slowly poison your bloodstream, and high blood pressure is prone to occur. After seeing all these facts, ask yourself, which substance is less detrimental to your health?

How Mass Production Has Affected Our World

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Mass production. As anyone studying economy can tell you, the demand must always be higher than the supply for a successful business. Even if there is no intention for the product to be exclusive, if you want your product to sell, you need to be needed more by the customers than you need the customer. This is the first rule of economics, but any industry that partakes in mass production thinks otherwise. They always want to have their product at the ready for use by the consumer. We see these trends in the industries of cars, clothes, furniture, and most importantly, food.

Mass production hasn’t always been a problem, and the techniques which built up to it were revolutionary in the world of technology. The production line from Henry Ford in 1913, the Speedee Service System from the McDonald brothers in 1948, and the evolution of industrialism over the last few centuries have all played their own role in this rapidly changing ecosystem. These systems were put in place to maximize efficiency and reduce stress. All business owners wanted to be the head of the most reliable business in its own industry. Ford made cars accessible to the middle class, and McDonald’s advertised their product so that it seemed attractive to every group of people. Quality wasn’t the main focus at the time, but it was still a factor which played a role in the validity of the product. As time went on, mass production has brought down the quality of products. It has gone unnoticed for a long time, because the price has gone down along with the quality.

Mass production has become socially acceptable for a multitude of reasons. The most successful companies in the world all rely on mass production in some shape or form. This gives mass production a good name. Apple is in possession of the facilities to produce 500,000 iPhones in one day! McDonalds do sell over 50,000,000 burgers a day! Without modern techniques in mass production, they wouldn’t be able to reach these milestones.

To sum it up, modern companies require modern solutions to the high demand that exists for any important product. They chose to resort to a method which prioritizes efficiency over quality. And for this, they are rewarded with billions of dollars of revenue. Though we as a species are meant to continue in our progression through evolution, some things should not be treated as collateral damage. The effects that low quality products can have could be detrimental to any consumer’s wellbeing. This is why it is important to stick to high quality foods and appliances.

Intro to Irrigation Around the World

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Irrigation has been around since 6000 BC. It was developed by farmers who had reached the maximum capacity around lakes and rivers. Irrigation is the transportation of the supply of water that contributes to crop growth. In the early days, irrigation was quite similar to a plumbing system, as the water was designed to go around the city and reach all the places it had to, just for the excess to feed back into the ocean.

Since then, irrigation has greatly developed. In the early days of development, people learned how to use dams to control the water flow into one exact place. Then, canals were built all around the cities to have a larger water flow all over the city. These were the basic developments, and they are both still used to an extent in modern day. As time progressed, and goods were able to be transported more efficiently, people could start using the best materials for the job. In more modern history, metal pipes were starting to be used. All these developments were extremely meaningful, and farmers were able to be much more productive.

The reason why irrigation came to existence in the first place was to make farming more efficient and accessible, which would cause more plants and crops being grown each season. Now, there are huge facilities who focus on mass producing plants and vegetables however they can. Now that you have the basic summary of irrigation, keep an eye out for a new blog about how big companies are using it to their advantage.