Saturday, February 25, 2006

Do We Have Adequate Food Supplies?

The Malthusian idea that a population crash is inevitable rests on the assumption that the human ability to increase its stock of food is confined to an arithmetic rate of increase while the human population increases at an exponential rate.

It is easy to argue that Malthus was wrong. The ability to increase food production has grown at a larger rate than the rate of growth in population and statistics suggest that the global food production is sufficient to provide a healthy and a nutrisious meal to each of the expected 9-9.5 billion people by 2040. Yet many nutritionists, economists and environmentalists are convinced that our biggest challenge is the provision of an adequate diet to the over a billion people who suffer of malnutrition and food inadequacy.

So where do you stand regarding this seminal issue? Do we have adequate food supplies or is food inadequacy a major problem?

26 comments:

marie said...

At the current moment there is no doubt that we do have enough food to feed all the citizens of the world. The problem is distribution. In the United Stated every person could consume 3800 calories a day if our food was equally distributed. In third world countries the amount of food per capita is about 800 calories a day. Also, according to the textbook about 60% of food is wasted. With 1 in 6 people in the world starving, how can we let this happen?
In the future I believe shortages will occur do to factors like soil erosion and climate change. I just dont think we will be able to meet the standards of feeding 9 billion people, even if we would resort to risky methods like GMOs. This is why the population must stabilize, once again proving the interconnectedness of all environmental issues.

ghassan karam said...

Marie,
A good post especially the part about interconnectedness. We can never change only one thing!!!

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