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The world is blighted by hunger, with some countries having almost half their population unable to get enough food on a daily basis. Together, we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger.

“Together, we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger” – King Global Earth & Environmental Sciences Corporation

There are around 795 million people who are undernourished around the world, the majority of which are in Africa and Asia.

According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, since 1990, considering a global population growth of 1.9 billion, the reduction in the number of hungry people has been striking. However, progress towards reaching the UN’s food security targets in some countries has been hampered by challenging global economic conditions, extreme weather events and political instability.

Today, Haiti, Zambia and the Central African Republic have the highest rates of undernourishment in the world. In all, seven of the ten most undernourished countries in the world are in Africa. Progress has been hindered by slower and less inclusive economic growth, as well as political instability and in some countries Food insecurity has also been made worse by natural and human-induced disasters.

Of one hundred twenty-nine developing countries monitored, by 2015, only seventy-two had reached the one per cent hunger target that was laid out by the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Important factors were the stable political conditions and economic growth, as well as the “social protection policies” for the vulnerable.

In developing regions, the prevalence of undernourishment, which measures the proportion of people who are unable to consume enough food for an active and healthy life, has declined to 12.9 percent of the population, down from 23.3 percent a quarter century ago.

We must be the Zero Hunger generation

There are moments in history when common icons of that control our lives, are replaced by an empathetic compassion for those who suffer, for those on the fringe of society: the poor, the hungry, the victims of natural disasters and human atrocities and those who live in fear. Every individual deserves to fully live his life. Most, if not all, of the world’s faiths adhere to some form of the “Golden Rule”, to treat other persons as well or better than one is treated, or to some form of exhortations like to proclaim justice, to free the oppressed, to feed the hungry, to care for the poor, and to clothe those who have none.

Every 10 seconds, a five years old or younger child dies of malnutrition.”

Today, 923 million people in the world go hungry every day, most of them in developing countries. Notwithstanding this fact, a third of the food produced in the world never makes it to the consumer.

By the year 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow from about 7.3 billion to 9.6 billion. The challenge we are now facing is to double our worldwide global food production to feed those extra 2 billion people yet to be born.

As the world’s population will grow, many countries will also improve their economy and because of the increase in income of many of their population, dietary changes are to be expected. More people will be able to afford and will want to consume products like meat, milk, eggs, fish, cooking oil and other products previously not affordable.

In order to make that much more product, animals are going to need to be fed more grain, courtesy of agriculture. Who is going to provide the feed-stuff for those animals and fish? It is a real opportunity for all the producers of the world.

King Global Earth & Environmental Sciences Corporation

King Global Earth & Environmental Sciences Corporation can help you feed the world in a profitable way. One of our goal is to educate consumers about the nutritional and other benefits of eating pulse crops, as well as to marshal the capabilities of agricultural research organizations around the world in developing new, improved varieties that will help further global food security and sustainable agriculture.

JMD

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Consumers can make more informed choices. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press)

Making the changes necessary to fix the problems in both our agriculture and in our diets requires a fundamental shift in attitude.

Some of today’s major agricultural problems, such as pollution, greenhouse gases and soil erosion began decades ago, with government incentives that rewarded production of just a few commodity crops.

Here are some suggestions to improve and fix our broken food system:

Develop a worldwide farming best-practices standard

While it is important for producers with a focus on naturalness to find customers, it is not an optimal standard for environmental health. Farmers are experimenting with cover cropping, no-till, precision agriculture and lots of other strategies to reduce runoff, conserve water and cut greenhouse gas emissions. If we can codify best practices and certify the crops of farmers who use them, those farmers can attract customers willing to pay more for foods grown that way.

Move to crop-neutral insurance and subsidizing

Governments are disproportionately subsidizing crops that form the backbone of what public-health experts are telling us to eat less of: processed foods and meats. We should continue to help farmers reduce risk through insurance-premium help, but eliminate the supplemental programs that support commodity crops, primarily corn and soy.

Overhaul our governmental incentive programs

If we want to move away from subsidizing farmers for growing what is not healthful, we should consider the same idea at the consumer level as well. People shall be encouraged to disregard unhealthy foods by providing the customers with governmental incentives to buy healthful foods in their time of need.

Educate Children

While it is very hard to change adults’ habits but not quite as hard to change kids’, we should provide them with information and start them young learning what is good and what is not.

Use sourcing as a selling point

This is beginning to happen, as more companies ask farmers to reduce antibiotic use, let chickens out of cages and eliminate gestation crates, so they can give concerned consumers a way to support those practices.

Label everything

Consumers have aright to know what goes into products, how was their vegetables grown, how were the pigs and chickens treated. Where the products or meat they are buying genetically modified in any way? Were the fruits, vegetables or proteins they are buying treated with disease-resistant or herbicide-tolerant products? The consumer has a right to know.

As a consumer, her is what you should do:

Look for those labels and buy the products that align with your priorities. Create a demand for products grown with best practices.

Get closer to your food: grow something, anything. Plant some herbs in a window box or a tomato plant in a pot. It’s particularly important if you have kids. We all need a reminder that food begins with a plant that turns sunlight into energy.

Spend some time with animals, and you will end up giving more thought to the lives they had before ending in your plate. Raising and killing your own livestock will forever cured you of wasting any part of an animal.

Help our farmers, not the multinationals

Farmers are the interface between planet and people.

No matter what the rest of us do, the environmental impact of farming is in the hands of the people who are actually doing it. Everyone agrees that reducing pollution, safeguarding soil and sequestering carbon are important, but no one knows how to do that on any particular farm, or particular field, better than the farmer.

Governments and consumers have to find a way to give farmers the help they might need to make changes. We need to create and encourage a market for crops and animals raised with attention to the rights of farmworkers, the welfare of animals and the impact on the planet. We need to create a standard that allows farmers to harvest products and raise animals according to higher standards.

One way to achieve this goal would be to stop creating incentives to grow a few commodity crops at as high a capacity as possible, with insufficient attention to environmental repercussions. One other way to achieve this goal would be for the consumers to stop buying these fruits and vegetables, these meat products that are not harvested or raised according to higher standards, health, ecological and environmental considerations.

Remember: Farmers grow what people buy!

JMD

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JMD is a talented Keynote and Motivational Speaker, Writer, Columnist, Public Affairs & Communications Strategist.