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The State of Food Insecurity

The State of Food Insecurity | Development geography | Scoop.it
Millions of Americans don't have reliable access to food. Here, we take a look at who's affected and why.

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The ironic nature of the world’s food crisis

The ironic nature of the world’s food crisis | Development geography | Scoop.it
EVEN AS we’ve officially reached 7 billion souls on our planet, more than 14% are still chronically malnourished.

And while analysts spend precious time calculating how much more food should be produced to feed the hungry, and thoughtful citizens update their Facebook statuses for an hour to “help eradicate World Hunger,” food prices are slowly increasing and soils are becoming poorer, yielding fewer crops every year.


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Jessica Martel's curator insight, April 29, 2013 1:11 PM

There are many ways our country alone can help the food shortage in the world. Then you stop and think.. there are poeple still starving in the US.

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Feeding the World Sustainably: Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture

Feeding the World Sustainably: Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture | Development geography | Scoop.it
There are currently 1 billion people in the world today who are hungry. There's also another billion people who over eat unhealthy foods.

 Food production around the world today is mostly done through industrial agriculture, and by judging current issues with obesity, worldwide food shortages, and the destruction of soil, it may not be the best process. We need to be able to feed our world without destroying it, and finding a more sustainable approach to accomplishing that is becoming more important.

The current system contributes to 1/3 of global emissions, is a polluter of our world’s water resources, and is a contributor to health problems. Industrial agriculture relies on mass produced, mechanized labor-saving policies that have pushed people out of rural areas and into cities, consolidating land and resources into fewer hands.

Agroecology looks to reduces agriculture’s impact on climate by working within natural systems. This is especially beneficial in rural areas, because the local community a major part of the growing process. The approach can conserve and protect soil and water — through terracing, contour farming, intercropping, and agroforestry — especially beneficial in areas where farmers lack modern irrigation infrastructure, or have farms situated on hillsides and other difficult farming sites...


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, October 1, 2013 9:53 PM

Clearly industrial agriculture is not sustainable, and must be replaced entirely with systems that reverse the current damage and restore the balance that used to exist before we messed things up.  We can use plants and animals not only to feed ourselves, but to *improve* the environment for all life on the planet.

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The Two Sides of the World Food Crisis

The Two Sides of the World Food Crisis | Development geography | Scoop.it

Of all the issues facig the planet, few seem more urgent than the global food shortage. Sufficient food- our single most vital need as living creatures- eludes the grasp of nearly 1 billion people, a problem that may worsen as population rises.


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No Kid Hungry: Campaign to End Childhood Hunger

No Kid Hungry: Campaign to End Childhood Hunger | Development geography | Scoop.it
The thought of children going to sleep hungry anywhere in the world is tough to swallow.

People may think that hunger is a problem which resides firmly in the hands of third world countries — but they’re mistaken. America has a problem too. America has the food and programs in place to end childhood hunger, but they are up against a lot: the stigmas and embarrassments that surround hunger, the challenges presented by access to healthy food, and the struggle to connect children with the resources they need to thrive.
In 1983, actor Jeff Bridges founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world. It works with the entertainment industry and partners to produce and support media projects to end U.S. childhood hunger. They have recently partnered with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry national campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. This newly formed partnership will help make this goal even more attainable...


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