Photographer: Maurizio Di Pietro
Exhibit Title: ZERO HUNGER
The Sustainable Development Goal 2 of the United Nations is about creating a world free of hunger by 2030 and focuses on finding sustainable solutions to stop world hunger. Currently, natural resources that are necessary for human survival are decreasing due to climate change. Severe weather conditions, like droughts and floods, have become more common and affect harvests, leading to less food for human consumption.
Breeding and eating insects are sustainable practices that can help us reach our goal. Insects are rich in proteins and highly sustainable due to their minimal environmental impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and water & soil consumption. As a result, researchers are studying the most sustainable and cost-effective ways to promote the use of these insects as human food and as animal feed.
My home country of Italy is experiencing a frightening reality: 22% now face food insecurity, and this number is only set to increase as climate change intensifies. Through my photographs, however, I don’t just want to document the problem, but also offer a way forward.
By photographing experiments of potential new food sources, I hope to break open the closed corridors of academia and raise awareness of this solution around the world. Only by showing a way forward can we inspire people to abandon a doom-drenched view of the world and fight for a better one.
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