13 million children starved to death during your last trip around the sun and you may not even been aware of it.
While this was happening, half the food that is produced in the world each year is wasted.
Raj Patel, author of “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System,” says the right to food should be seen as a human right. But, he says, powerful corporate food distributors control too much of the world’s food supply to ensure a robust global food supply.
Patel says “2008 was a record year in terms of harvest. There’s more food per person in 2008 than there’s ever been in history. The problem is not food, but how we distribute it.”
“A lot of people have begun to understand at various levels that the food system, as it is, can’t go on,” says Paul Roberts, author of “The End of Food.”
Every time an American bites down on a steak or hamburger, they’re contributing to global hunger, Roberts says. As other countries become more affluent, they’re copying our meat-heavy diet. The problem: It takes so much grain and other resources to produce meat, he says.
“If the rest of the world were to eat like we do, the planet would collapse,” Roberts says. “There’s been this unspoken assumption that the rest of the world won’t eat meat like we do. That doesn’t go over well in countries like China.”
Fixing our food system would be similar to weaning ourselves of our addiction to oil, Roberts says. It’s going to require innovation, heavy business involvement and changes in public policy.
The world is in the midst of a food crisis and it will soon affect you.
Monsanto, Cargill and other conglomerates are in control of our food and they don’t care who starves while they make a profit.
For more about Monsanto, see my previous post https://lesliefieger.wordpress.com/2009/01/30/most-evil-company-in-the-world/
So what are you doing about it? Go here to find out how to help.