Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Food for Thought: How Should We Feed the World?

A truly eye opening excerpt from Paul Stitt's Fighting the Food Giants:

"If the best current knowledge were employed, enough food to feed the four billion people could be grown in the southern half of Sudan! It is only the Western bias, the idea spread throughout the world that one must eat white grain and drink soda pop to be "civilized", that is responsible for the suffering of the millions of starving people in the world.

It is a myth that there is not enough to go around, that there is no way the Earth can support its exploding population. The truth is that most of the world's food resource are controlled by a handful of greedy men, who deny people the right to grow food for themselves but try to sell them Western-produced junk instead.

Some experts estimate that if all the arable land on earth were used properly and sowed with foods for human consumption, the Earth could support 60 billion people- almost fifteen times our current population! But it is true that there is no way we can feed the world population on Whoppers and Cheez-Wiz, let alone nourish it."

I hope this forever silences the voices of all those who want you to believe that: a) The world has too many people, and b) that genetically modified foods are necessary to feed the globe.

More on this to come! In the meantime, check out movies like Food Inc, and The Future of Food.

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