Access to nutrition has been a huge concern since 2008 when the first “food crisis” hit. Food prices spiraled dramatically, causing shortages, riots and political disturbance in several nations.
Food crisis is a situation when hunger and malnutrition rise sharply at local, national or global levels.
Some of the underlying causes include climate change, extreme drought and flood conditions, unseasonal rains, crop failure, desertification, cold or heat waves, natural disasters etc. Apart from these, human beings have also contributed by their reckless exploitation of the environment, wasteful and incompetent storage methods, demands of increasing populations, sky-rocketing fuel prices leading to transportation problems, focus on meat and dairy, and lack of investment in traditional agriculture.
Respect for biodiversities and traditional food habits, seasonal consumption and lack of respect awarded to the farming communities around the world also contribute to the looming disaster. Urbanization and conversion of agricultural land into residential and commercial property has led to a huge boom in the real estate market, but a slump in agriculture and food production.
What You Need To Know About The Food Crisis
- It’s Bigger Than You Think: “Hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined,” warns a World Food Program report. It’s not confined to places like Ethiopia or poorer regions of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia where core food-supplies are scarce. The food crisis is a reality in Venezuela, where malnutrition in children has crossed the danger limits. 47 million people in the US are in need of food assistance. Nearly 29 countries have cut back on food exports so that their own populations can have enough to eat.
- Food Riots Are A Reality: African nations have already seen violent outbreaks regarding access to food. Bangladesh faces a political upheaval with citizens protesting against spiraling food prices. Armies have been called out to guard rice storage facilities in several countries. Studies report that nearly 33 countries stand in danger of social unrest due to food shortages.
- Price Rise: Food inflation is a fact in most countries today. Prices of wheat and soy have risen more than 100%, rice by 50%. Corn, bread, fruit and veg, beef, chicken, eggs and milk have more than tripled in price over the last decade. In countries like India where food accounts for more than 40% of the consumer price inflation basket people are finding it difficult to balance their budgets.
- Encouraging commercial cropping: Governments across the world have been encouraging farmers to switch to biofuel cultivation, commercial cropping, forestry, horticulture and dairy as more viable financial alternatives. Farmers across the world have discarded traditional farming methods and are adopting GM technologies, newer fertilizers and moving away from food crops. Governments provide higher incentives/infrastructure for these crops. Minimum support pricing for food-crops is inadequate/unavailable. Farmers have to undertake their own marketing and supply-chain management. Biofuels like corn and soy are seen as more valuable and convenient, with guaranteed buy-back. This reduces domestic farming, increasing dependence on food imports.
- Meat And Dairy: Livestock farming provides higher returns, but it is also highly resource-intensive. It takes 700 calories of animal feed to produce 100 calories of beef. Livestock farming is also space and water intensive, cows need high-quality grain feed to yield good milk.
- Surviving a Food Crisis: Though governments are seized of the problem, there’s a limit to what they can achieve in the event of a food crisis. Today, many “preppers” across the world are taking steps to tide over a possible food crisis. This includes stockpiling in community food-banks, canning and preservation, preserving essentials and staples in underground cellars and basements, researching supplements and home-remedies, etc. These people also believe that maintaining a healthy life-style helps you cope with food shortages, cooking just the right amount, avoiding wasteful processes and cooking methods, etc.
- Effects: The short term impact on pregnant women, elders and children results in severe malnutrition, hunger-related deaths, mental retardation, malformed births etc. In older children, memory and concentration problems, physical and social isolation are common. Refugees fleeing hunger-ridden countries often succumb on the way and fall prey to several types of diseases and exploitation. Long term impact has a domino effect on political instability and social unrest across the world.
Food shortages are a looming socio-politico-economic problem with serious implications on the health and survival of humans. Urgent remedial measures are needed by individuals, communities and governments.
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