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Hunger and the Global Food Crisis
Transcript of Hunger and the Global Food Crisis
a) Populations grow exponentially
b) Food resources grow linearly Approximately 70% of the world, according to some estimates, will not have enough food in 2020 THIS IS OVER FOUR BILLION PEOPLE! Conventional agriculture cannot adequately feed the rapidly growing populations Conventional Agriculture Most of the agricultural methods around the world have not changed since the Age of Enlightenment The two countries with the most recent, widespread agricultural changes were China and India (and even this was nearly 40 years ago.) Highly resource-intensive, with high levels of water, pesticides, and fertilizers required to ensure a decent crop yield. Conventional Responses to Famine Usually, when famine strikes, countries with surplus supplies donate the rest to countries in immediate need. Creates a dependency in countries that need the food aid. The same, small number of countries are always the ones which require food aid. Did You Know? That since 2008, many of the world's leading grain exporters have severely restricted grain exports? That 33 nations are at risk of political unrest due to increasing food prices? That the net exporters of cereal grains are Canada, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Russia, and some parts of Africa? Using genetically modified foods to ensure a basic level of nutrition for up to 80% of the world population Our Goal Our Approach Multi-dimensional, varied approach to varied problems Drought-prone Regions Nutrient-Poor Soil Inconstistent Weather Pestilence Resource-Intensive Hybridized plants with lower water needs Breed plants which need fewer soil nutrients and minerals Create plants which can survive late frost times and be able to endure heat waves Emphasize characteristics in plants which promote resistance to insects and similar pests Create plants which have fewer resource needs Distribution Strategies Modify the Industry International Corporations Natural Resource Empowerment Open Global Initiative International
Organization Mediterranean Contintental Boreal Equatorial Subtropical Nemoral Warm Temperate Polar Open Source Information Nationally Researched Community Distributed It's Cool to Have Food.