Slobber and swallow until your stomach is full of sweet,
Like millions each year, try to please your craving with diluted, polluted “food”
As others claw for buried scraps
we dump perfection just out of reach
Our speech could teach these friends in need, yet wonderful ideas of
Agroecology, One Health, and micronutrients are unheard of.
Let’s be the social change and rebalance the tipped scales of history
Let’s eat Iron, Zinc,and Vitamins to work hard and feel good
Why is this a dream and not life itself?
The answers are locked away.
Kept exclusive in privileged classrooms with students taking notes on others
suffering staring at a screen half asleep and frigid to the door of opportunity.
We shut it closed and walk away only to brush off, “Poor them”
And leave once the clock runs out.
I am a Sophomore at UC Davis studying food science. One of my hobbies is creating musical projects with my sister, that you can find here: teamchillamix.wixsite.com/chillamix
My hunger isn’t for me,
But everything I see
Where is the equity?
Arriving in America you’ve reached the promised land,
But who bears the consequences of our growing food demand
While families choose where to go to eat
I hear stomachs growling,
Is this defeat?
I look at America, disgust on my face
Generating 16 billion pounds of food waste
Through degradation after degradation
A little colony turned global nation
When children screamed their hunger
we fought over aid
Through famines and food insecurity
politicians and diplomats turned a blind eye to get paid
Is my hunger unrecognized?
Like the babies who cry for milk,
Their malnutritioned mothers can’t provide
Kids scrape their plates, asking for more
They can’t just go to the nearest store
I look around, does anyone care?
Didn’t we cause these problems???I despair
It’s hardly fair
Through the Green Revolution and pesticides
Mother Earth silently screamed her protest
Hoping some scientist would come along and notice
Can we feed 8 billion people or will our land simply give out
Next time you’re at the store it’s something to think about
Endless supermarkets, buy one get one free
People are hungry
See the discrepancy?
I hunger for change.
Alexa Gonzalez is a UC Davis undergraduate studying International Agriculture Development and Gender Studies with a minor in Community Development. She has a passion for sustainable agriculture, environmental justice and gender equity. She hopes to do the Peace Corps after college and spend her life traveling and working with communities to combat climate change through sustainable agriculture practices.
These poems were written by young poets