Touch the Soil News # 153
There are hundreds of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) around the world drawing attention to the fact that food availability today – and moving forward – is not as it was. One source we have deemed credible is the World Resources Institute (WRI). The WRI has some 450 experts that crunch data in over 50 countries. The WRI maintains offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. With an annual budget of $65 million, the WRI is one of the world’s top resources in identifying hot spots and issues of ecological concern.
While there are a number of areas the WRI focuses on, food is one of their big ones. So what have they got to say about food? Following are some of their hot points, followed by our own observations.
WRI: Nearly 900 million people around the world are undernourished.
Touch the Soil: This number spiked in 2008 for 850 million to 1 billion due to commodity speculators pushing up the price – making it unaffordable, global grain shortage, and nations who historically exported food, banned exports until they had food security at home.
WRI: Nearly 1.4 billion people are overweight.
Touch the Soil: Some science suggests that foods lacking adequate nutrition prompts the body to eat more in search of the nutrition it needs – and certainly there are other reasons for obesity.
WRI: One out of every four food calories produced goes uneaten.
Touch the Soil: The prevailing plan in industrialized nations is to: A. Trash produce that is not visually appealing. B. Transport long distances leading to spoilage. C. Engage in processes that create more waste. D. Keep grocery displays stocked to look good with ensuing spoilage. E. Daily schedules that do not allow adequate time for home preparation and avoiding spoilage.
WRI: Agriculture is responsible for 70 percent of global water withdrawals.
Touch the Soil: Homes with adequate public water and lawn area will not be overlooked as important agricultural resources in the future.
WRI: Over the next 35 years, the world will need to produce 70 percent more food.
Touch the Soil: Nations will have to consider legislation to completely stop urbanization of prime farmland around the perimeters of large cities.
Food gardening is a buffer to global resource, political and environmental stress
Following is a short video clip on 9 easy tips to grow a lot of food in a small garden.