Touch the Soil News #828 (Feature photo – Coast Guard crew members help on a food drive)
The Dupont Company – through research and investigation – publishes a global food security index on 113 different countries. You’ll be glad to know that for 2017, the United States is number two from the top with a score of 84.6 out of a potential of 100. The number one spot goes to Ireland with a score 85.6.
This makes one ponder. Why then are there almost 50 million people food insecure in the U.S.? Were it not for a number of factors – including the presence of the world’s most advanced food banking system – the U.S. position on the food security index at #2 might be quite lower.
The overriding revelation of the Food Security Index for 2017 is that out of the 133 countries scored, 73 of them (65 percent) experienced varying levels of food security deterioration. When all of the pluses are averaged with all of the minuses, the net result is that food security in the world decreased in 2017 by .65 percent. Now, a global decrease in food security by less than 1 percent may not seem like a lot, but consider that technology, productivity and economics are not working to feed the growing human family.
One nation, the Philippines, is number 79 on the list and has a food security score of only 47.3. The Philippines were recently in the news as to what courses of action they are considering to change the tide of growing food insecurity. Interestingly the push is to make food-gardening a top federal priority that includes things like:
- The Philippine Department of Agriculture to establish an Office of Urban Agriculture (interestingly there is a movement of similar sorts in the U.S.).
- Study and make recommendations regarding urban agriculture and vertical agriculture. The goal is to develop a research and development agenda for urban agriculture.
- Identify land that can be considered for use in urban agriculture to include idle or abandoned government lots and buildings and the same for land within state colleges and universities.
- Local governments will be required to formulate policies on the practice of urban agriculture and utilizing urban and unused spaces and idle lands.
- Local governments will be required to enact local legislation that institutionalizes urban agriculture and to pursue annual appropriations accordingly.
Following is a brief promotional video by Dupont about the Global Food Security Index. What do you think? Will the future of food be more aptly solved by governments embracing local food and food gardening or global solutions by large corporations? In any event, thanks to Dupont for publishing the Food Security Index as it provides key insights.