Population growth leaves...
“Is there enough food to go around?”
Population growth leaves us all with one question,
wherever you are in the world the question we all ask is “Is there enough food
to go around?” This paper will cover the issues around food availability for
the growing population and the effects of globalization on food supply. There
are two issues that surround the question of food supply, first are, whether
the world has enough food to go around at the period. Secondly, can the world
produce enough food to serve the population? These are major issues that this
paper will cover.
The main question is whether there is enough food to
go around, the answer to this question is No. There is not enough food to go
around in the world. At one point we have all heard about hunger or food
shortages in different parts of the world, this makes it clear that the world
is not supplying enough food. However, can the world produce enough food for
its population in the future? Given the cases of global warming and genetically
modified food? Yes, we can produce enough food to go around. The world has not
fully utilized the arable land available.
Population growth has somehow made the world closer,
as people move across borders to exchange their skills and knowledge with
people who offer what they cannot. Many people are currently located far away
from their places of birth others live abroad. The movement is from less
developed parts of the world to more developed parts and this brings about food
shortages. When some areas are more populated than others, there is an
imbalance in the food supply. There is more food in the scarcely populated
areas than there is in densely populated areas.
Globalization has its advantages in advanced food
production; information is well shared around the world. When information is
well-shared food production will be increased, food producers are able to get
more information on how to increase yields in small portions of land. More food
will be made available, and there will be enough to go around for future cases.
However, with globalization, the negative side effects of advanced food
production will be spread. It will be easier to demonize advanced food
production by those who are against it and due to the manipulation of information;
it will dent the image off genetically modified foods.
At this point in time, the world has not yet
achieved a common food policy. In developed countries, genetically modified
foods are accepted and fully embraced by the society. However, in many third
world nations, there is still a big debate about genetically modified foods.
This concept has not been fully accepted as a method of food production. There
are more people against it than those who support. It is also quite clear that
people in third world countries suffer more than those from developed countries
due to food shortages.
There is not enough food to go around for us all,
and there are cases where there is food surplus in some regions while there are
shortages in others. The policy on which foods can be imported into the country
creates this gap. While developed countries are able to produce large amounts
of food which can be exported to other countries, the policies in those
countries hinder importation of such foods.
Food policies should be set and regulated by one international body
which will make it uniform for all countries. Having a policy that all nations
follow, set by a global organization like the world health organization (WHO),
will help solve the food shortage problem. Such a bod is able to conduct
research on various foods due to their large pool of resources and from the
data gathered they play a role in setting the policy.
Increase in population automatically raises the
demand for food; there are more mouths to feed. However, there is an advantage
in population growth in relation to food production and increasing the food
available. With a growing population, there is more available manpower to
produce more food. Food production will not only be increased because of human
resources but also the demand will increase supply.
Innovation is an important factor and will play a
great role in increasing the food available; population growth will provide a
base for more innovation. Advanced methods of food production will have to be
implemented so that the food available can be enough to go around. The world
has the potential to produce more food which will be enough to feed everybody.
However, issues of food policy must be solved.
we live without corn?
We cannot live without corn; it is essential to increase
our food production. Most of the beef we eat comes from cows that feed mostly
on corn. Beef and corn may not be connected by the average person; you wouldn’t
think that corn plays such an integral part in increasing beef. I could try and live without directly
consuming corn and corn beef products, but the steps towards that are really
hard to take.
Food production can be increased through the
production of GMO`s, and we can have enough to feed the world. Modifying the
genes of a plant increases its yield and also the amount of time it takes from
planting to harvest is greatly reduced. The amount of food produced within the
same period reduces, this provides annual availability.
Though not fully embraced in all parts of the world,
genetically modified foods provide the solution to future food production. They
eliminate the major hurdles that arise when trying to feed a large number of
people and a growing population. The concept of GMO`s should be demystified to
people in third world countries for them to embrace it fully and understand
that such foods are more advantageous than the risks the pose.
The role of research and setting of standards in
food production should be left to an international body which will set the
standards for the food produced. Food policy and embracing GMO`s will be the
solution to increasing food production to have enough to feed the population.