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Already 1 billion people in the world go to bed hungry every single night. Already somewhere in the world someone starves to death every 3.6 seconds and 3/4 of them are children under the age of 5. Already approximately a third of all children in the world under the age of five suffer from serious malnutrition.
In Cameroon, 24 people have been killed in food riots since February, while in Haiti, protesters chanting, "We're hungry" forced the prime minister to resign this month. In the past month, there have been food riots in Egypt, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Madagascar. The World Bank now believes that some 33 countries are in danger of being destabilised by food price inflation, while Ban Ki-Moon, the UN secretary-general, said that higher food prices risked wiping out progress towards reducing poverty and could harm global growth and security.
Over the last two years, the world has faced a series of unprecedented financial crises: the collapse of the housing market, the freezing of the credit markets, the failure of Wall Street brokerage firms (Bear Stearns/Lehman Brothers), the failure of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the failure of AIG, Iceland’s economic collapse, the bankruptcy of the major auto manufacturers (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler), etc… In the face of all these challenges, the demise of the dollar, derivative markets, and the modern international system of credit has been repeatedly forecasted and feared. However, all these doomsday scenarios have so far been proved false, and, despite tremendous chaos and losses, the global financial system has held together. The 2010 Food Crisis is different. It is THE CRISIS. The one that makes all doomsday scenarios come true. The government bailouts and central bank interventions, which have held the financial world together during the last two years, will be powerless to prevent the 2010 Food Crisis from bringing the global financial system to its knees.
Global food crisis forecast as prices reach record highs Cost of meat, sugar, rice, wheat and maize soars as World Bank predicts five years of price volatility
Food inflation is here and it's here to stay. We can see it getting worse every time we buy groceries. Basic food commodities like wheat, corn, soybeans, and rice have been skyrocketing since July, 2010 to record highs. These sustained price increases are only expected to continue as food production shortfalls really begin to take their toll this year and beyond
Global Food Shortage Looming! While the Governments of the world fiddle with the faux problem of "Climate Change" starvation is looming as a major threat for much of the world's poorer population. Large amounts of our resources are being channeled into useless greenie toys like wind and solar generation and massive amounts of grain are fashionably being fed into Western petrol tanks as bio-fuels ,while food prices sky-rocket severely affecting the poor of the world.
By 2050 global food supplies will not be sufficient to feed an expanding population; the UN estimates that food production must rise by 70 percent to feed a world population of more than nine billion in 2050; rising demand and surging global population coupled with increasing resource conflicts over land, water, and energy will hamper food production; currently nearly a billion suffer from hunger and more than sixty food riots have occurred in more than thirty countries in the last several years; the report urges an immediate action and whole range of government solutions to adjust current policies on economics, climate change, resource use, and agricultural practices
If all the food in the world were shared out evenly, there would be enough to go around. That has been true for centuries now: if food was scarce, the problem was that it wasn't in the right place, but there was no global shortage. However, that will not be true much longer. The food riots began in Algeria more than a month ago, and they are going to spread. During the last global food shortage, in 2008, there was serious rioting in Mexico, Indonesia, and Egypt. We may expect to see that again this time, only bigger and more widespread.
5.4 m The estimated number of tonnes of edible food British households throw away each year.
30m The number of malnourished people whose hunger could be alleviated by the bread British households bin each year.
84 The percentage of British households under the impression that they don't waste significant amounts of food. 43m The number of people at risk from food poverty in the EU.
923m The number of undernourished people in the world, according to a 2007 UN survey.
40% The estimated proportion of salad that British households throw away.
14bn The number of dollars of agricultural produce India wastes each year owing to its lack of infrastructure. 1.6m The estimated number of tonnes of food waste produced by British retailers each year.
59,625 Estimated amount in tonnes of food waste sent by Sainsbury's to landfill sites in 2007-8.
40% The estimated proportion of UK fruit and veg that supermarkets reject on cosmetic grounds.
Tristram Stuart likes to rummage in bins. A tall, 32-year-old with floppy hair and chiselled features, he is a connoisseur of rubbish in all its variety. He can tell you what time central London convenience stores put their binbags out on to the streets and hazard a good guess as to what will be in them. He can tell you about how the waste policies of major supermarkets differ: how much of their rubbish is diverted to landfill and how much is recycled or incinerated; which ones lock up their bins, and which leave them open. Stuart is a "freegan" – someone who subsists largely on food discarded by others.
A supermarket chain is to use thousands of tonnes of food waste to provide all its stores with electricity. Sainsbury's is running a pilot scheme across Northamptonshire where food waste is sent for anaerobic digestion near Bedford rather than to landfill.
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Why do we throw away vast amounts of food?
The world is in the midst of a second global food crisis in only three years, pushing prices up, adding to the ongoing protests in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Globally, food prices set a new record in January dues to large increases in the prices of corn, sugar grains and oil.
Many argue there are direct links between Wall Street, the sale of food futures, and the printing of money by the Federal Reserve is printing leading to inflation worldwide.