I am reading a fascinating article by George Monbiot. The Pleasures of the Flesh. He raises some interesting questions about how we raise food and what we what we eat , sadly the article does little to help answer these questions.
I am not against meat by any means- even the offer admits he cannot follow a vegan diet. We are at a crossroads- we need GMO’s and farm raised animals and their by products to continue to feed the world yet it more and more food is being wasted.
Never mind the economic crisis. Focus for a moment on a more urgent threat: the great food recession which is sweeping the world faster than the credit crunch.
You have probably seen the figures by now: the price of rice has risen by three-quarters in the past year, that of wheat by 130%(1). There are food crises in 37 countries. One hundred million people, according to the World Bank, could be pushed into deeper poverty by the high prices(2). But I bet you have missed the most telling statistic. At 2.1bn tonnes, last year’s global grain harvest broke all records(3). It beat the previous year’s by almost 5%. The crisis, in other words, has begun before world food supplies are hit by climate change. If hunger can strike now, what will happen if harvests decline?
There is plenty of food. It is just not reaching human stomachs. Of the 2.13bn tonnes likely to be consumed this year, only 1.01bn, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), will feed people(4).
to read complete article: http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2008/04/15/the-pleasures-of-the-flesh/