A Brief Note On The Global Food Crisis

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Every 3.6 seconds, the time it takes you to take a bite of food, a person dies of hunger or malnourishment. Global food crisis is a problem that has been around since the beginning of time, but it is everything but yesterday’s issue. It is very real today and the numbers of starving people are still growing. Solutions will not be easy to sort out, since the dramatic food price escalation has numerous causes. The world’s population is expected to increase from 7 billion today to 9 or 10 billion by the end of the century. We also can expect more pressure on the food supply as people in the developing world adopt middle class lifestyles, which usually involve eating more meat. To satisfy global demand, we will need to roughly double today’s output, which means getting smarter about how we produce and manage food. The global food crisis can be prevented by improving food aid, producing higher yields of food, and growing better quality of crops. The first way to prevent the global food crisis is to start improving food aid. Most Americans, if they think at all about food aid, know the basics but probably don 't ever consider the logistics of how aid is collected, transported, and distributed. Nearly all foreign bound food aid given out by the United States—some $2 billion annually—comes from the surpluses of American crops.(USN) Typically, the surplus commodities are purchased by the U.S. government, loaded onto U.S. carriers, and shipped to an intermediate destination, often
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