Saturday, November 12, 2011

Is there enough food for a world of 7 billion?

The world’s population recently crossed the 7 billion people threshold. We have entered a new era of endless possibilities with our growing interconnectedness and exponentially fast growth of innovative technology.

But 7 billion people raises a lot of fear and concern about whether the world is capable of sustaining such a large number of people. Is there enough food for all 7 billion of us?

Last week the world’s population was less than 7 billion and 925 million people did not have enough food to eat, according to the World Food Program. Of those 925 million people, 98 percent lived in developing countries. The numbers look bleak - but it is not because we are incapable of feeding everyone. We are.

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the world produces enough food to provide every person with more than 2,700 calories per day, more than the recommended amount for an average adult. People go hungry not because there is not enough food but because our agricultural system is inefficient and the effects of climate change on our farming system are becoming increasingly devastating.

Everyone might not agree on climate change, but one thing is for sure - the world has endured an unprecedented amount of severe weather in the last few years.

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