Man, I feel utterly clueless... flabbergasted.
"Nearly 3 billion people – half the world’s population – live on less than $2 a day."
--The World Bank Group Annual Report 2004
"The number of food crises around the world has risen since 1980, from an average of 15 per year to 30 per year. Man-made food crises have more than doubled since 1992 from about 15 percent to more than 35 percent."
--FAO State of Food Insecurity in the World 2004
Uhm, what is a man-made food crisis?
I am Jack's gaping disconnect
January 30th, 2006 2:53pm
I dont know if this is true, but it seems one person dies in our country every minute because of hunger.
It's shame when you consider that our warehouses are overflowing and the government actually exports foodgrains to prevent it from rotting. It's all about logistics.
*That's* a man made food crisis. The "we have the food and it's not getting to the hungry" crisis.
Aaron F Stanton
January 30th, 2006 3:25pm
Warlords jacking the food shipments and selling them to the highest bidder or using them to feed their troops would qualify.
It just makes it sound intentional. The above case (or something similar) is all I can think of.
I am Jack's human hubris
January 30th, 2006 3:30pm
All famine is political. Mankind is far away from the days where our absolute capacity to feed ourselves was at the mercy of the weather.
Furthermore, back when I was in high school my geography teacher gave us figures, and at that time there was enough food being produced in the world to sustain twice its population.
>> It's shame when you consider that our warehouses are overflowing and the government actually exports foodgrains to prevent it from rotting.
I've heard this many times before, and don't doubt that it was the case in the past, but I have heard that the US has recently become a net food importer. This due to farmland being re-zoned and made into housing editions and other sprawl.
January 30th, 2006 7:21pm
Not yet. But rising population, loss of arable farmland, scarcer fertiliser and waste could do it.
There are no votes in feeding the world from surplus indefinitely, particularly if you do not also provide education in birth control. The surplus is in the wrong place, is the wrong sort of food and is unsustainable longterm.
Developing and exporting GM sorghum or millet would help.
January 30th, 2006 8:38pm