The lives of hundreds of millions of people are shortened and made miserable by chronic hunger. Fortunately, a growing number of individuals have made a life-long commitment to bringing hunger under control and even stamping it out.
It’s annoying to hear about the misery of farm animals while you’re enjoying a hamburger. But, the musician Moby thinks we need to know more about animals’ quality of life before we start chewing.
Chronic hunger can be found in many parts of the world, mostly in rural areas, but also in cities. It’s a widespread problem that points to serious imbalances in the way global food systems are being managed.
This map from Food: An Atlas uses data from the Land Matrix, a public online database of land deals around the world, to track commercial land acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Chefs around the world are beginning to recognize the importance of small farmers, local produce and biodiversity – because without great ingredients the culinary arts would collapse. Check out this roundup of interesting chefs who are serving up delicious “sustainable” meals.
Close your eyes and picture a farm. In your mind you may see a landscape with rows of different veggies, various fruit trees, and maybe a few cows or goats nibbling at the grass. Wrong. The reality today is very different.
For years the UN has encouraged world leaders to commit to ending world hunger and undernutrition. Now we can see who is really getting the job done. The Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI), published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), examines the political commitment of 45 developing countries to evaluate their policies and legal frameworks and to see if they are backing it all up with public money.
A British environmentalist and long-time opponent of genetically modified organisms surprised everyone at a recent farming conference in Oxford when he said he was wrong. Mark Lynas told his audience that when he finally looked at the science behind GM research, he found it to be beneficial to the environment and to have the potential to feed the hungry.
Can you draw a circle? Most of us can. But if you lacked food as a child, you wouldn’t be able to draw one now. You would lack the manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination that makes it possible to draw a picture of something as simple as a ball.
Could you go from March to August eating almost nothing at all? Could you subsist for five months on just tea and the hope that when harvest comes you’ll eat? Take a look at this video shot in Kenya and meet people who have been living like this for years.