We Have Too Much Food

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We Have Too Much Food

In 1898, a speech proclaimed unless new sources of nitrogen were found, the world would face starvation.

Fast-forward to the 1950s.

Still sounding the alarm for a looming food crisis that had yet to materialize, a promotional brochure for DuPont echoed the message.

Chemical farmers today truly believe they need to increase production because they’re on a patriotic mission to feed the world.

The chemical companies try to take full credit for improving yields on less land and “feeding the world,” but food packaging and storage probably have as much to do with the increased availability of food.

Refrigerators and freezers weren’t widely available to home owners until the 1930s.

Before then, foods had to be smoked, dried, fermented, canned (rare), or eaten right away.

One reason people began to eat white rice and white flour is because when the highly nutritious brown hull was intact, the rice and flour spoiled much more quickly.

You had to eat mostly local foods in season.

When distribution and refrigeration made more options available, people jumped at the chance for greater diversity in their diets.

Though obesity has become a worldwide problem, chemical and biotech companies still claim there’s not enough food to feed the world – and we need chemicals and GMOs to provide enough for all.

They spend billions of dollars each year on advertising and lobbying in order to drive the point home.

Yet the problem isn’t food scarcity – it’s too much food – but fear of famine sure sells chemicals.

Our ability to feed ourselves is less about production ability and more about politics.

An economist at Trinity College of Cambridge University, won the Nobel Prize in 1998 for his study of famines.

His major finding was striking.

He found the world’s worst famines aren’t caused by crop failure; they’re caused by faulty political systems preventing the market from correcting itself.

Relatively minor agricultural disturbances become catastrophes because imports aren’t allowed, or prices aren’t allowed to rise, or farmers aren’t allowed to grow alternative crops, or politics in some other way interferes with the market’s normal ability to correct itself.

The recent global recession greatly increased hunger around the world.

A study commissioned by the United Nations found the quantity of food wasn’t the cause, the price of food and political instability were.

The report stressed the link between hunger and instability and reported soaring prices (as much as 24% higher than the prior year) led to riots in more than 30 countries in 2008.

Prices rose so fast for basic food staples around the world because of the demand for biofuel.

The domestic price of gasoline varied from $4.09 per gallon (still less than Europeans have paid for years) to less than $2.00.

Adjusted for inflation, we’re paying only a few cents more than we were in the early 1980s, when gas prices skyrocketed to about $1.35 per gallon, or about $3.17 in 2009 dollars.

(We all heard about how the CEOs of the big 3 automakers, who for decades resisted improving cars’ fuel efficiency, flew to Washington in 3 separate private jets to ask for bailouts for their nearly bankrupt companies.)

When the price of gas goes down, Americans start buying trucks and SUVs again.

How does the price of gas affect the price of food?

It takes fuel to ship food around the world.

And nearly every chemical fertilizer today is petroleum based.

Most of all, our hunger for energy has convinced farmers to grow food to make into fuel.

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