It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.

 

Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.

 

Year of the hungry: 1,000,000,000 afflicted

page: 1
21
<<   2  3  4 >>

log in

join
share:

posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 09:36 PM
link   

Year of the hungry: 1,000,000,000 afflicted


www.zmag.org

Despite the West's pledge to halve world hunger, the number of people who are short of food will soon reach a shocking landmark. One billion people will go hungry around the globe next year for the first time in human history, as the international financial crisis deepens, the United Nations has told The Independent on Sunday. Development charities recently called on US president-elect Barack Obama to put the escalating food crisis "front and centre" of his priorities.

Some 963 million people are now undernourished worldwide, according to the most recent survey of the crisis by the
(visit the link for the full news article)


Related News Links:
www.americanprogress.org
www.newzjunky.com
en.greenplanet.net

Related AboveTopSecret.com Discussion Threads:
2009 Will Be Year of Global Food Crisis

[edit on 3/6/2009 by Mirthful Me]




posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 09:36 PM
link   
Last year the skyrocketing cost of food was a wake-up call for the planet. Between 2005 and 2008, the price of wheat and corn tripled.

The world has been consuming more food than it has been producing.

Agricultural productivity growth is only one to two percent a year.

This is too low to meet population growth and increased demand.


www.zmag.org
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 09:40 PM
link   
Well America is in the same boat. Skyrocketing food prices. If you haven't noticed the portion sizes getting smaller while the price rises. Food costs have probably jumped 40% in the past two years based on my food bills.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 09:41 PM
link   
A Stormy Forecast for U.S. Agriculture


A sign outside the Iowa Welcome Center is partially submerged by flood water on June 15, 2008. The link between global warming and extreme weather events is evident, and research predicts that the trend will intensify, most likely causing more crop losses for farmers. Farm belt lawmakers are posing a challenge to passage of clean-energy legislation in Congress because of a proposed Environmental Protection Agency ruling that they claim could make it harder for ethanol produced from corn and other U.S. crops to meet the federal renewable fuel standard under a 2007 law. But torpedoing the American Clean Energy and Security Act, H.R. 2454, would actually hurt farmers because harms linked to global warming—including drought, flooding, and other crop damage—would continue unabated. In the future, the interagency report predicts, “With continued global warming, heat waves and heavy downpours are very likely to further increase in frequency and intensity. Substantial areas of North America are likely to have more frequent droughts of greater severity.” More intense drought and floods could devastate farm income. Total damages—including agricultural losses—from the 1988 drought and 1993 Midwest floods were $79 billion, the report found. In the future, it predicted, “variability of precipitation—in time, space, and intensity—will make U.S. agriculture increasingly unstable and make it more difficult for
U.S. farmers to plan what crops to plan and when.”


www.americanprogress.org...

Sen. Young: Farmers Cannot Sustain Another Blow to Their Bottom Line


ALBANY, N.Y., June 3, 2009 — Albany is creating an unprecedented crisis for our farmers that will be the final straw for the Upstate economy But it’s not too late. The Democrats who control the State Senate have the ability to stop this assault on our Upstate economy and way of life. Sen. Darrel Aubertine, as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, needs to convince the downstate leaders of his caucus that a pair of bills racing towards passage next week will be the death knell for thousands of farmers—and our Upstate way of life.

www.newzjunky.com...

Europe has to be strengthened, let's vote it


In some sectors, the EU's involvement is even exclusive. The most traditional of these sectors is agriculture: a common European policy exists in this field since the Sixties. Agriculture and rural development represent one of the main fields of action also considering the EU budget. In 2009, of a total of 133.8 billion euros allocated to all EU policies (equivalent to 1.03% of the European gross domestic product), 42% is destined to the management of natural resources, which include support to agriculture (31%) and development of rural areas in a broader sense (11%). During the CAP reforms of recent years, the EU policy has moved from a focus on agricultural production in a strict sense (that was its goal when it was born in post-war years) to a more integrated management of rural areas, of market access and support to produce quality.


en.greenplanet.net...

Food is not going to get cheaper soon, in fact it is skyrocketing. With less agriculture funding, natural disasters, costs of farming and possible droughts farming may soon be obsolete.

Studies have shown that particularly critical levels of under nutrition occur when undernourishment exceeds 10 percent in the total population.

"This will not only lead to more frequent outbreaks of diseases. This will also affect the capacity of people to work and earn a living.

It is alarming. We should be on high alert between now and 2010. Unfortunately things will only get worse. Farmers will not get a bailout.

Governments should also underline investment in small farms. About two-thirds of the world's rural population lives off the income generated by farmers.





[edit on 3-6-2009 by wonderworld]



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 09:41 PM
link   
And one more thing...our bailout money could have fed the world for years.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 09:43 PM
link   
reply to post by ExPostFacto
 


Yes it's a crime, with trillions of wasted currency in all Countries. It's truly a shame.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 09:48 PM
link   
OH MY ...dear. 1 BILLION! This is very important. S&F

But...

People in developed nations probably throw out more food every day than their starving counterparts purchase in a year. And that's BEFORE we look at restaurant waste.

The price of corn has gone up because it's now being used to make bio-fuels. Much agricultural land has been redirected for use in growing bio-fuels instead of food. Somehow, bio-fuels are looking like a really bad idea...

It's a complicated picture - and has more to do with wonky priorities than over-population and agricultural underproduction.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 09:48 PM
link   
We need less people in the world...

These countries with a population of 1 billion or more, it's sickening.

We need to controll the population...

I personally say we could do with 5 Billion less people on this planet.

We are like a virus, spreading and infecting this planet, sucking it dry like parasites.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 09:53 PM
link   
Could it be part of a depopulation plan? Greed? Just don't care?

Personally, I believe it is a combination of reasons. I am sure the west could do more to feed the hungry. However, will that really solve the problem?

Many of these places that have the most hunger problems have very corrupt leaders. The amount of food that will actually reach the needy is usually determined by these leaders.


How can we ensure that the food actually gets to the people who needs it the most?



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 09:56 PM
link   
Truly sad when will we finally realize we need a different economic system this one is not working. The greatest artists inventors and people who have done the most to advance humans have almost always been poor what does that show you. Farmers and the people that make the world work should be the ones driving Lamborghinis not the paper pushers who only sit in an air conditioned office.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 10:00 PM
link   
reply to post by ExPostFacto
 


Yes I have noticed the portions are smaller. Have you also noticed they made all grocery store bags smaller. They are half the size they used to be.

They think we dont notice, that we fill the bag up and what used to cost 20 bucks a bag now costs around 30, in a half sized paper bag.

Everything is downsized, including candy bars.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 10:02 PM
link   
reply to post by soficrow
 


Agreed! The reason corn has gone up is there isnt enough. They are using it for biofuels.

The price of eggs gets me the most.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 10:03 PM
link   
reply to post by SkitzoFrenic
 


I think our Big Brother government agrees about depopulating the globe. A lot of this they inflicted upon us.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 10:03 PM
link   
most of the poor and ill nourished people live in third world countries and i think that even if the west did help these places it will only be a sort time relief until other countries stop ripping the third world from its resources and helping overthrow democratic government leaders who are for the people, because they dont want to monopolize their whole countries for other greedy countries benefits, for dictatorial ones who will sell the whole country for their own profit


until that happens the world is fvckd



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 10:04 PM
link   
reply to post by wonderworld
 


those are truly saddening numbers ... how can people go and spend billions/trillions of dollars of people's money (that most don't want them to spend it on) and not give 2 sh**'s about the starving and undernourished of the countries far and wide, including their own?

let us not forget the millions/billions of dollars put into war profiteers pockets to fund never ending wars, that could be used to feed the starving.

truly saddening.



edit: for grammar

[edit on 3-6-2009 by baseball101]



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 10:06 PM
link   
A land of a culture will support X number of people.

When the people have cut the trees, overgrazed the land, and starvation begins to take a toll on the living, the absolute worst thing to do is to bring food from outside areas and artificially enrich the food supply.

Eventually, either money runs out, or surpluses run short, and now you have an even larger population without food. Your good intentions has now created suffering on epic proportions.

Ethiopia and Somalia are two ongoing examples.

The good folks who try to alleviate the suffering in the short term increase the suffering in the long term, and for many more people.

Sometimes it's best to let the population reduce itself to a self-sustaining population number.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 10:07 PM
link   
reply to post by miraclerock
 


Yes this has a truly devastating effect in the US, EU, Australia and most or all of other Countries. They dont want to set off panic.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 10:10 PM
link   
reply to post by baseball101
 


You would think we would have some say as tax payers but it it out of our control. The US is called the Bailout nation.

The government also quit stockpiling their food reserve. There isnt enough.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 10:14 PM
link   
reply to post by dooper
 


Well depopulation will occur in all of the richest countries as well. The government is also concerned about over population but it's a crime to let so many slowly starve to death.



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 10:18 PM
link   
reply to post by wonderworld
 


It may be a crime to let say, 250,000 people starve to death, but to feed them for a while, and then something happens that interrupts the food supply, and now you have 500,0000 starving people, which is the worse crime?

250,000 people starving today?

Or 300,000 people starving in two years?

Or 400,000 people starving in four years?

My point is, it doesn't get any better.

It gets worse by helping.



new topics

top topics



 
21
<<   2  3  4 >>

log in

join