“World Hunger, the Problem Left Behind”


That was the headline of a 9-15-12 article in the New York Times.

In Chapter 6 of our book, we summarized the sad dilemma of world hunger. It boils down to three things: a finite amount of land, a growing population and a steadily increasing preference for the highly inefficient western diet by entire cultures of people coming out of poverty for the first time.

As for the finite amount of farmland; actually it’s not finite—it’s shrinking. Each year the world loses (to degradation and erosion) a chunk of land about the size of South Carolina. And as for the growing population, the net daily gain is 197,000 people. It’s like adding a new Grand Rapids, Michigan every single day. From the 9-15-12 New York Times article (see link below), Tyler Cohen writes:

THE drought-induced run-up in corn prices is a reminder that we’re nowhere near solving the problem of feeding the world. The price surge, the third major international food price spike in the last five years, casts more doubt on the assumption that widespread economic development leads to corresponding gains in agriculture.

In the United States, there is no general consciousness of the precarious state of global agriculture. Even in the economics profession, the field of agricultural economics is often viewed as secondary in status.

Neither candidate is talking about the most important issues in the world.

On this blog, I frequently write about why our elected officials and world leaders never seem to address crucial problems like global warming, water shortage, loss of species and  world hunger.

Cohen writes: “Today, we have two presidential candidates who both look a bit short on grand vision and transformational change. Perhaps they could look to helping solve the food problem — and making a big dent in global hunger — as America’s next beneficial legacy.”

The United Nations has made their position public on these kinds of global issues. But without serious leadership from officials from the most powerful nations, nothing is going to happen.

United Nations. “A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change,” according to a UN report, June 2, 2010. “As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable,” says the report from United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.

As for the United States, addressing the obvious solution (as described by the U.N. above) to world hunger would be political suicide for any presidential hopeful. By the same token, members of Congress would not be re-elected in most states if they started talking about the need for eliminating meat, dairy, and eggs from our diet.

The Bottom Line. We cannot depend on our world leaders to tackle some of the most urgent global issues. As Gandhi said, “We must be the change that we wish to see in this world.” Since our current diet-style is simply unsustainable, it is inevitable that change will eventually come.

Consecutive Daily Blogs

And by making the right choices sooner rather than later, we will help to ease the transition for all concerned. And, in the meantime, our efforts will be rewarded with vibrant health. Please take a look at the source article as well as a few of my earlier blogs on this topic.

Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Diagnostic Survey. It takes less than five minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, you might find some useful information at our 4Leaf page or some great recipes at Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

SHARE and rate this post below.

Blogging daily at hpjmh.com…from the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
This entry was posted in Activism & Leadership, World Hunger and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to “World Hunger, the Problem Left Behind”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s