How to Feed the World

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 7.52.48 PMIt’s been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy spoke of ending world hunger, yet on the eve of World Food Day, Oct. 16, the situation remains dire. The question “How will we feed the world?” implies that we have no choice but to intensify industrial agriculture, with more high-tech seeds, chemicals and collateral damage. Yet there are other, better options.

Something approaching a billion people are hungry, a number that’s been fairly stable for more than 50 years, although it has declined as a percentage of the total population.

“Feeding the world” might as well be a marketing slogan for Big Ag, a euphemism for “Let’s ramp up sales,” as if producing more cars would guarantee that everyone had one. But if it worked that way, surely the rate of hunger in the United States would not be the highest percentage of any developed nation, a rate closer to that of Indonesia than of Britain.

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4 Comments

  1. Peter DeCicco said...

    Mark–really well done article on global food–connecting our plates to the agricultural economic system; and not condemning anyone–just reporting on the reality of production globally. More people in the foody show business like you would serve society better by connecting or how we eat to how and why the economy works. Change comes from awareness and information.

  2. 4Sahara said...

    Bravo, Mark! A few years ago it was energy businesses buying African farmland to grow plants for fuel production. Now its agribusiness. When agribusiness farms the produce is often for export; local people can’t afford it. Chemical pesticides and fertilizers along with nonreplicable seeds leave people dependent on buying these expensive products. Poor farmers don’t need chemicals and debt. Rain for the Sahel and Sahara works with rural farmers in arid Niger, the poorest country in the world. We are introducing irrigation, compost and organic pest control methods to people who have never heard of them before. The local word for pesticide is “DDT.” Let’s work together for a truly healthy people and planet.
    thank you for your article. 4 Sahara

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