Sunday, 12 January 2014

21st Century Problems (World Food Shortage)

World Food Shortage

World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned.
Failing harvests in the US, Ukraine and other countries this year have eroded reserves to their lowest level since 1974. The US, which has experienced record heatwaves and droughts in 2012, now holds in reserve a historically low 6.5% of the maize that it expects to consume in the next year, says the UN.
"We've not been producing as much as we are consuming. That is why stocks are being run down. Supplies are now very tight across the world and reserves are at a very low level, leaving no room for unexpected events next year," said Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). With food consumption exceeding the amount grown for six of the past 11 years, countries have run down reserves from an average of 107 days of consumption 10 years ago to under 74 days recently.
There is a mounting world food shortage problem in many areas around the globe. The world economy is in such turmoil that this could easily cause a situation where world food shortages become a widespread global issue. There has been a dramatic increase in food prices around the globe for stable foods such as maize, lentils, flour, and oil. These basic foods are the substance that many families around the world live on from day to day. When the costs of these essential foods rise, it dramatically affects those relying on them. For example, what used to take a days wage to buy may now take three weeks wages to purchase. That places many families in dire circumstances.

One other food shortage that is becoming a very big issue is the lack of rice in Asian countries. The price of rice over the past 20 years has risen substantially. Many farmers in some Asian countries such as the Philippines are no longer growing rice because they have found more profitable crops to grow in their fields. Drought has also prevented some rice crops from growing well.
Food is a very important part of our survival, without it, a lot of chaos will erupt in a fight for survival. (which is already happening now in some countries) And, if this problem is not solved soon, it will most likely lead to the extinction of humanity. This is an impending problem that needs to be solved soon.


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