Sunday, October 16, 2011

#BAD11 World Food Day

And half the world, has all the food...

Almost one billion people around the globe go hungry every day.

According to the UN, world food prices soared to an all-time high in 2011. The world's population is expected to rise from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050. If we can't adequately feed the world’s 7 billion people, how will we feed 9 billion in 2050? Food demand will most certainly rise. The World Bank recently highlighted high rates of malnutrition among young children in India and parts of Africa. But many countries have issues. For instance, Vietnam, the Philippines and China are among the countries in East Asia that are vulnerable to food price inflation.
“We are at a unique moment in history, as diverse factors converge to affect the demand, production and distribution of food over the next 20 to 40 years,” ~ Sir John Beddington, the UK government’s chief scientific officer, quoted from the PDF Foresight. The Future of Food and Farming 2011, The Government Office for Science, London.
Global supply and demand pressures have sharply increased prices for wheat, corn, sugar, soybeans and other crops. This means more people are at risk of falling into poverty. In a report released this month, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Food Programme (WFP) warned that today's high and volatile food prices are likely to continue and possibly even increase.
I am proud to be taking part in Blog Action Day OCT 16 2011

Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all.

For 2011, our Blog Action Day coincides with World Food Day, so our topic of discussion for this year is food.

"And half the world, has all the food," the original title of this post, is a line borrowed from the old Rare Bird tune "Sympathy." -

"Now half the world, hates the other half. And half the world, has all the food. And half the world, lies down and cries: ”We starve”,`cause there's not enough love to go `round." [lyrics all]
The Greatest Victims. In an impoverished section of western Baghdad, children beg for treats and photographs. (picture courtesy Michelle Malkin).

The question facing us all is "where are we going from here" - and I don't think it is yet time to get the answer - the economy is still too much in flux - the PRICE of gasoline affects the price of FOOD and like it or not, those GAS prices are ruling the way Americans live day-to-day. You cannot plan for a future wondering if Gas might be $5 a gallon next week (or next time any kind of disaster or political upheaval happens someplace else on the planet).

2011 marks the 31st celebration of World Food Day, which began in 1981 to recognize and bring awareness to the work of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, which works to improve food security around the world.

Sink your teeth into World Food Day

USA ::: Hunger and food security are real issues in Los Angeles CA, given that the county has the highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. L.A. Times reported earlier this year that "more than 1.7 million Los Angeles County (California) residents struggled with hunger in 2009, more than in any other county in America, according to new research published by Feeding America, the country’s largest network of food banks."
"Americans discarded a staggering 33 million tons of food in 2009, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — making food the single largest component of solid waste in U.S. municipal landfills and incinerators. It costs the United States nearly one billion dollars a year to dispose of food waste." ~ The New York Times
Africa ::: Almost 11 million South Africans, or 20 percent, do not know where their next meal will come from. The non-profit company FoodBank SA has created a national food banking network to address this. FoodBank relies on food donated by many of the country’s leading food manufacturers and retailers Much of this, which would otherwise have been wasted, is sorted and donated to community-based organisations. To mark World Food Day on Sunday, 16 October, FoodBank is encouraging the public to give up the cost of a meal by donating R20 to help feed hungry people.

By simply SMSing the word “Foodbank” to 40421, the public will make a R20 donation, which will allow FoodBank to feed 12 hungry people. (South Africa)

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