You can’t go wrong with food. You like it and I like it. More importantly, it’s necessary to sustain most organisms on earth, providing energy for everyone, and as humans, we all have a special flavor we enjoy. Despite this, many people are starving everyday, and it’s not exclusive in developing countries with dictators. It occurs even today in our country. Not only do I care about having dinner every night, but I wish to change the food supply.
People need food to live. Food contains organic molecules like lipids, proteins, and carbs that fuel our bodies, providing energy for our daily activities. Then, people have certain tastes and cuisines that they are accustomed to. Through this, people are able to obtain these necessities of living through tastes and flavors people like.
There is a lot of food in this world. According to the Huffington Post, we grow enough food for 10 billion people. That’s 1.3 times bigger than our current population at 7 billion. Despite this, why do we have famine in developing countries? It’s because of climate in certain regions, inequality of wealth, and inequality of food supply, and I want to change at least the inequalities that inhibit people from eating.
Certain places can barely sustain crops, like in Ethiopia. They have an extreme dry season that withers most bodies of water up. Climate their also includes dry winds coming from Central Asia, instead from the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden, bringing a paucity of rain. Also, “swarms of locusts devour the rest of the crops that manage to survive” (Nuru). Based on these plagues, countries can barely produce food for themselves, leaving many people starving.
Inequality of wealth stems from a country’s ability to grow food. Usually, growing food is the most basic part of a country’s economy then allowing industrialization because there’s enough food to feed the work force (United Nations University). But without food, people can’t work because they have to invest time to work for themselves. Without industrialization, there isn’t anything to sell, meaning no money. Without food or money, this makes the country not able to pay to import food, worsening the crisis overall. However in developed countries, they have all the money with corporate businesses and global monopolies, also having the tech and weather that allowed great amounts of food to allow these industries.
Why don’t the wealthy countries just donate food to the poor countries? Most of the developed countries are based on the market economy, and giving out free food would devastate the market. Therefore, according to the Atlantic, in order to keep their economic prestige, they can’t donate food to the poor countries. This makes the people of the undeveloped countries starving even more. Despite being affluent, developed countries also produce “Too much food, causing it to be cheaper than other places in the world” (The Atlantic). Too much food for a population also means that there’s excess food, and excess food not eaten causes it to be thrown out in the name for the economy, when there are hungry people.
Food is essential for us. Everyone needs it to survive and live another day. However, many people, especially in economically constrained countries, don’t have the ability to grow or obtain food. Also, there’s an unequal distribution of food with the rich ones possessing large quantities of food, while the poor countries having nothing. I wish to change food supply so that everyone in the world can have at least one meal everyday.
Chandler, Adam. “Why Americans Lead the World in Food Waste.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 15 July 2016. Web. 10 May 2017.
Gimenez, Eric Holt. “We Already Grow Enough Food For 10 Billion People — and Still Can’t End Hunger.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 02 May 2012. Web. 10 May 2017.
“Industrialization: Effects on Agriculture.” Industrialization: Effects on Agriculture. United Nations University, n.d. Web. 10 May 2017.
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