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What does it mean that food prices are going up? It means that more and more people in the entire world are suffering of hunger and the diseases related to it. Not only in underdeveloped countries, but in developed ones as well, it can be seen whenever we go to the grocery store that we pay more than before. In underdeveloped countries, like Venezuela, the price of a few aliments is more than what the working class earn monthly, and this almost always carry health problems as a result; for example, the increasing rates of malnutrition bring along with them the people´s lack of capacity to think, which diminishes their opportunities to grow as individuals, consequently reduces the chances of a country to develop properly. In my perspective, the rates of undeveloped countries are so alarming because basically, people do not have opportunities from the beginning of their childhood. What makes a country grow is people, and what makes people grow is education. So, in order to lessen the number of underdeveloped countries, we have to start by fighting for our rights, the rights we have since we are born as human beings to demand for education, a proper home and health. Once we all establish that as a common goal, poverty will decrease dramatically along with the rates of hunger.
I think that population and food production works hand in hand. If there is alot of people in a country lets say for instance 5 million, is going to need more food than a country that has 1 million. Now because the prices of everything is rising like production and transportation, this would make it cost more to make. If production prices rises, then food prices have to rise along with in all food prices. Transportation would also increase because it is taking more trucks to transport more food due to increases. I believe what we can do is promote more farms all over cities. If there are more local farms than there would be less need to spend more money. In order for this to be accomplish we must educate the people. Even though they are might be older they should know that they are never to old to learn. With poverty, if they are willing to make there own farms, their country should be able to pay them for that, and in turn they will sell the produce to the country. If the country is earning money in this way, they will be able to provide better health care and people would be able to pay for the health care. But this is only able to happen if we start by educating our people first.
The countries inability to produce enough food isn't due to the fact that it's unable too. I believe it's due to the fact that there isn't enough money to coincide with the amount of people living within that country. On the other hand most countries rely on other countries to export the necessary goods to feed there country. They spend what little money that they do have on items that they themselves can produce only to sell them at an incredible amount of money doubling or even tripling the amount that that product would originally. Which in turns leads to even more poverty? The simplest solution available is to grow their own food let the money circulate within their economy make their economy stronger and there people wouldn't need to go out of their way to feed themselves and their family.
This is an on going epidemic that has no end in my opinion. The way America is going its stripping our homelands of its grace and support. Instead of using each other were focusing on eliminating people. The lack of food, education, money, health, shelter....so on and so on always to eliminate. we can thinK of all kinds of way to help but the situation is so vas that were still leaving a very big portion with out help. I believe that we want to change humanity but all can do is start by changing our self and whats around us. maybe little changes will lead to big changes but this....this is way too big to even know the start.
There are over 44 million people in poverty due to the rise of food prices. Making the poor poorer and the rich richer, poor people make a living off agriculture; food prices increase the cost of living for the poor. The rich argue that the higher the food prices, the better for the farmers because their real incomes must go up as well; we all know that is a lie. In third world countries farmers don’t have rights they do not make profit, sadly the United States plays a role in it due that we promote the free trade agreement which, eliminates tariffs and other barriers to trade in goods and services between several countries. We can help be the light in the dark by not being self-centered, and thinking about others, by demanding new laws in congress that would benefit third world countries and not harm them any longer. It is our duty as citizens of the United States to help third world countries, because many of us were born in one of them, we must not forget where we come from, lets start living out of our own little world, and take action.
There are many places around the globes that are considered to be a poverty. Countless children and families are undergoing the starvation, lack of educations, health care, and more. The society that we are living in now with everything that is provided for us with just tip of our fingers would never let us stop and think for a second about the people who are suffering from the scarcity of necessity. In my country, Thailand, there are many underdevelopment areas spread across the country. Even in the heart of the city, you will find many beggars along the street everywhere. Most of them are old people or young kids. Some are even handicap which I’m sure they are done on purpose to draw sympathy from the citizens. In some areas are lack of food and people suffer from starvation. According to the article, in sub-Saharan African, each people eat nine time less than what we eat in America. Which I believe that it isn’t the only area that is suffering from the lack of food. In my opinion, the amount of food availability in the developed area should decrease and spread out some to the area that are in need. We have so much different choices of food from the groceries and restaurants in every single corners. The thing is, we live in a fast society that everything was made to be sufficient. For example, restaurants in every single corner. Imagine the food that are being made in each restaurant that could have been given out to the starving families.
"Restructuring and further trade liberalization are keys to sustaining growth" WTO. Now at days one of the more important topics of global discussions is based on the poverty. Hunger, lack of education, non existing public health, lack of potable water, working children, and deficiency in electricity and public services are characteristics of non developed countries. On the other hand, throughout history, wealth is known to be condensed in a minority percentage of the global population. This economical disparity between social classes is turning more common and gaining popularity in those underdeveloped countries, such as the Latin americans'. From my perspective, the improvement in the economic well being of hundreds of millions of people caused the world's consciousness about poverty and inequality. Economic growth and technological revolution fueled the expansion and accessibility of global communication which makes poverty observable. I think that Globalization and free trade has been bringing the opportunity to fight against such inequality and some countries have been able to increase its GDP (Gross domestic product) due to such specialization. An increase of the GDP in a country directly promotes an improvement of living conditions. When a GDP raises, it generates more employments, which requires more qualified workers; investors bring more capital to the country, the country is in the necessity of education and formation of its population for its improvement on life quality. When the country reaches that economical growth and prosperity, it fulfills the population's needs and that is when its ready and at its best time to invest, to live out of tourism and start giving equal opportunities to the masses. Due to the Chinese economic reform called "Socialism with Chinese characteristics" that started in December 1978 China had been increasing its GDP a 10% last decade. China's poverty had been lower its number from 80% to a 60% and its economy is the second largest and strongest around the world. Companies and manufacturers had moved their business to China increasing the demand of workers. China is part of free trade organizations such as WTO which had been increasing its exportations and making the country richer and with a stronger economy.
Andres Garcia 11am Population explosion, rising food prices and sustainabilityThe inflation in food prices is due to the government’s inability to harbor a growing population without sustaining their food supplies so there is a demand for food that the government in power cannot supply. This has a connection with the oil industry since many governments are relying on source outside the country and that’s raising the price of transportation. What can we do? Use the natural resources that every country has for the benefit of the people. Let the land provide jobs for the people instead of just creating jobs from scratch. Government need to fulfill the responsibility they have towards the people and land. Corruption must be cut out like a cancer it destroys the country from the inside out. Government should educate their people so with each generation not only the individual but the country as a whole gets stronger. We also need to stop polluting our own yards and what I mean by that is stop the pollution that affects the produce grown in the area, the natural water sources used to cultivate the land and the people. In order to accomplish all that is wished the people must bond together in a common interest as our fore fathers did so must the people in under developed countries until they can change the state of their country.
In order to tackle this problem we must first identify the root of the problem. That’s where it gets complicated. There are conflicting reports about food shortages, some say that the problem is not the lack of food but instead it’s the inefficient and costly ways in which we transport and distribute food that drives the price up. But there is some validity in believing that food is running out the population of the world continues to grow and natural disasters seem to happen on a much greater scale in cases they directly affect farming and the production of food. When this happens the people most affected are those who are dependent on food producing nations these are usually underdeveloped countries. I think there are many ways of solving these dependencies one would be to work together with these countries and institute government funded programs that in some ways promote farming in these countries also at the same time we could go out and educate the people of these countries on how they can start to grow and harvest their own crops and sustain themselves on an all local diet instead of depending on chicken from north Carolina they can have their own chicken farm in their back yards. This is one solution that I came up with on the spot I’m sure there are much better solutions to these problems I just hope that someone finds them before the supermarket shelves are empty.
In the majority of underdeveloped countries, you don’t have to search very far in order to find a starving family, or people who feel they have to resort to stealing in order to feed themselves or their family members. And although the United States is a developed country, we still see people on the streets, begging for food or, more frequently, spare change. This may be an issue that most countries have in common, but we cannot try to solve it using the same approach in every single country. While a sub-Saharan African eats nine times less than what we normally eat in America, there is a ridiculous amount of food being thrown away and wasted in schools, as well as households, in the United States. It is apparent that awareness of the misuse of our resources needs to be raised. However, in underdeveloped countries such as my own (Colombia), the majority of people suffer from the many negative factors discussed, as well as corruption in the government. Because all of these are interrelated, one has to be eliminated before the other can (for example, the poverty rate should decrease so the amount of uneducated individuals decreases as well). As far as the increase in food production that is needed to feed the growing world population, it is difficult to decide how to approach this issue because, according to the post, agriculture is slowly eating away the earth’s resources, as well as contributing to global warming, due to the amount of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activity it is producing.
This problem can be analyzed from the beginning. Starting off, what's the root to all this ? Well a theory , that is based on why there is poverty and why other countries are much more developed than others, by Jared Diamond who is a professor of Geography. Jared Theory proposed that it is Guns,Germs,and steel are the essential components for why other countries develop and succeed exponentially than others. why are food prices raising ? there are copious amounts of reason why they are.But this issues is causing people in the third world country to suffer, not only people in the third world, but some populations in the first and second world. Beside food prices rising, lack of education is another issues. Because of those who are in the third world are not being educated, their undeveloped country would cease to develop. Why ? without education possibilities are limited, but with education possibilities are unlimited. And if this takes into action, then their problems probably be solved.
Health, knowledge and happiness… those are the three main aspects I live by. To explain it in a philosophical term you can call this the ABC rule, Health and knowledge equals happiness meaning A+B=C and without A or B you can’t have C. I believe everyone should have access to these fundamental needs. Health allows a person to grow properly, perform with high-quality and concentrate better, therefore living a long fulfilling life. Knowledge is attained by becoming educated, that means better skills, faster cognitive processing and better reasoning. And with both of these things you can accomplish happiness. The freedom of being satisfied with everything life has to offer, that well-being that puts your mind at ease and the gratitude you receive by putting out positive energy to the world. Because most people struggle with this, we as a whole are failing to carry out better plans to help the world become a better place. It’s horrible to see how people throw away food as if it did not take a long process to grow, gather and prepare the food. It gets me very angry to see parents tell their kids that it’s okay to throw away the rest of their food when their plate is nearly full. It takes away the value of food and even material objects; this is the best way to spoil a child, whom will grow up having poor moral values and a misunderstanding of ethical behavior. Knowing that there are people all around the world are dying of hunger meanwhile others are dying of obesity proves that there is work to do and that everyone can unite to make a change but people fail to see this because they are uneducated on what goes on in the rest of the world. It’s ridiculous that market prices are going up while non-nutritional fast-food restaurants are right around the corner and affordable. I find it shocking that toddlers already have their favorite number from the Mc Donald’s menu. This is because it tastes good and its affordable food unlike the expensive healthy food that we have to buy from the market and then cook it before we can indulge in to a bite. And because it’s too much work we tend to take the easy way out. Instead of making it easy to buy unhealthy foods that will eventually get us sick enough to send us to the hospital and spend more money on medical bills and medication we should decrease the amount of fast-food restaurants and lower the prices of market foods. It should be unlawful to have people starving, and to deprive them from having healthy food just because they don’t make enough money to buy it. It’s like slowly murdering them in the most painful way because having food should not be a privilege it’s a necessity. We must create a plan that promotes awareness and get people involved. We need to make a change and we need to do it now.
Personally, I believe that this earth serves as our home, and as our home, it can sustain growth of the human race. What we need to focus on, is using more sources of energy, along with oil. There is geothermal, wind, solar, water, nuclear and so much more. I am not saying rely on just one of these, although a combination of energy sources will ultimately, reduce our dependency on oil, and at the same time, it would be better for our environment. Sub Saharan Africa for example, is a very hot place. So, geothermal energy would be ideal to set up in such a region. I do not believe when people say it is too costly. If the UN and others give so much aid to these people, why don't they invest for more long term solutions so that the region becomes self sufficient. Just like inventions in the past that have made our life a whole lot easier, it is time to innovate with our energy use, and tie that into agriculture. This way we can produce more, and do less harm to the environment. Maybe, hybrid tractors, or setting up solar panels, and wind mills. My idea is, that the earth CAN withstand our living, we just have to do it more efficiently. In other words, use what the earth gives us in resources (sun, water, wind, etc) and channel them appropriately. It was so easy to go to war, and to spend trillions of dollars on nothing, imagine if all that money, every penny was directed toward the goal of a greener America. Trillions of dollars, would have changed this country from New York to California. Furthermore, as mentioned above, the UN and all the NGO's and Nations that provide aid to developing states, need to instill a plan that will eventually make those countries self sufficient in regards to a steady flow of food production.
There are millions and millions of people that live in underdeveloped countries all around the world. According to the “World Food Programme,” a person dies every minute due to malnutrition, poverty, and others diseases. When I lived in Nicaragua at the aged of seven, I used to have a friend that had seven brothers; they were extremely poor. One day, he told me that with a single bag of coffee was all they ate for lunch. They didn’t have the necessary conditions to live an adequate live. If that wasn’t enough, there were many beggars especially children between the ages of three and eighteen in the streets without no clothes, no family, and the used of drugs was all over the place. Nowadays anything hasn’t changed; the economy is becoming a major problem. The economy is coming down; gas prices are increasing dramatically, there are more and more people without jobs, food prices have incremented in some products until 20 or 30%. That is why I sometimes ask to myself what it is going to be of us if this continues…. Well there is something at least that we can do to help others. For example, when I was taking pre-college classes I was assigned to go to www.freerice.com. Free rice is a nonprofit organization that helps people who suffer from starvation, malnutrition, etc….. How does it work you might ask. First you answer questions from different subjects; you choose the one you prefer, such as English, geography, science, history, and math. Then, for one question you get right ten grains of rice will be donated to those who need it.
I agree with the fact that there are many underdeveloped countries, which are mostly over populated, in the world that barely have enough food to survive. I also agree with that has to do with the fact that they have no idea how to manage their agriculture resources. All this is because the lack of being educated. Statistically speaking lack of education is the main factor for poverty. You need to have the knowledge from a good education to stop the cycle of overpopulation, with no education, leading to poverty and lack of public health, basically a lack of infrastructure. Education is the key to success. That is why we need to vote for education. The government has to make plans to increase the educational system instead of taking the money from it to fund other economical issues. Learning and discussing how to produce the food demands for all the people will help these countries. Increasing farming and agriculture would help too, thus stimulating money consumption and usage. Education will lead these countries to better themselves. It’s just the fact that the government has to be willing to help the cause.
Overpopulation as a whole has affected every aspect of human life. Because there is are continually amounts of mouths to feed, the infrastructure that is agriculture cannot keep up and short cuts are being made that drive up prices on commodities such as sugar, spices, and even the us dollar. People think that whoever has the greatest armies control the world. Although that statement can be held as historical fact, it is in my belief that whoever controls the food controls the people. That statement is apparent in worn torn countries in Africa and was also a reason that incited the Arab Spring. The six major food corporations are traded on globally in exchanges in Ney York and London. As a result an economic structure that kids even know with, inflation through rise of demand has dwindled the buying power of the dollar. More people equal more food. More food equals more demand. More demand means higher prices. Let’s not even go into the fact that 2/3 of Americans are obese. A country of over 350 million is consuming food to the point of barren lands and extinct species. Maybe true Marxism or even a society where population is controlled and more organic foods are grown without pesticides that corrode and kill the earth as well as the people that consume this food is the answer.
It is a shame that many third world countries and especially countries that many of us are from goes through this and we take food for granted here in the United States. You definitely don’t see this on CNN or any of the other news networks which is sad because the issue exist and I think that the general population just ignores things like this. People live in countries where the resources aren’t available or where the land isn’t efficient to grow food such as wheat or vegetables. Those countries are too weak to even tackle the issue and help their people. Unfortunately I don’t see or hear much help coming from other countries such as the US. There is a way that most of us can participate in taking the first steps to at least help our fellow brothers in these countries; simply by participating in Hunger relief organization. We can also raise awareness with people around us since this issue is ignored.
Eductation has a big role attaining these two important things, production of food and at the same time achieving sustainability. In many countries the population is over the average of people that the government should maintain. China is a good example; the population is too high for the government and farmers to produce food for their people. In many third world countries the education is too low that they just give birth to babies without knowing the responsibility that this lead. I’ve experienced certain situations in which I’ve been present when some women with religion thoughts have said “I’ll give as many births God wants me to have”. That’s the problem, they just give birth to kids and farmers have to use more and more natural resources to produce food for these people. As the time goes by people are becoming more consumerist and they want more and more. Natural resources are not going to last forever, oil is a good example. As people is consuming oil in big amounts every day, oil is becoming scarce and we are willing to pay more than we used paid in the last 10 years. That’s what happening to food nowadays. In order to fix this problem we have to find equilibrium between Birth control, and production of goods.
We live in a world where economic positions - income and wealth - are very unevenly distributed, and this leads to the widespread persistence of poverty. The bottom half of humanity is living in severe poverty; not all of them are malnourished or severely deprived now, but they are extremely vulnerable to even small upsets in their income or in the prices they face of basic necessities, and when something like this happens, they can be thrown off kilter in terms of a disease of a family member or a change in food prices; anything like that can throw them into destitution.In order to prepare for meaningful change, we have to look at both sides of the problem. We need to examine the output of our political system, which is often very hostile to the poor abroad and hostile also to the poor and middle class domestically. And we must also look at the procedures through which this output is produced. There exist better models of decision-making, for the governance of states, corporations and other large organizations. We need to study such models and promising pathways on which our existing decision-making procedures can be gradually reformed. The two sides of the problem are closely interdependent: because present procedures by design favor the affluent, the poor are being increasingly marginalized. And because the poor are so marginalized, they can exert little influence on institutional design decisions. We need to break out of this vicious spiral and create momentum in the opposite direction. Then, as the poor gain some voice and influence, they can effectively support gradual institutional shifts in their favor which in turn reinforce the trend.
The increasing price of food is an issue that has affected many countries in the world. There should be a balance between the amount of people living in a country and the amount of food available. Sadly, this is not the case. Both these factors connect with one another because the higher the population, the more expensive the food becomes. It is unbelievable how prices are raised even on the scarce amount of food these countries have left. Since a poor country usually has to depend on the help of a richer country, a solution could be to develop ways to trade goods with other countries, in exchange for food. This way they could use their country's goods to help feed their growing population. Another concern in undeveloped countries is the lack of education the people have. Being educated is fundamental in order to deal with many of the issues their countries are experiencing. These countries would probably not have as many struggles if their people would have a proper education.
The global concern of greenhouse, rising of food prices and population explosion has been around for a period of time. There are many undeveloped countries in the world and many of them lacking education, poverty, poor health and so on. This issue is going to keep on going because population is going to keep expanding and one is not able to control that. Government should start having more environmental friendly products that should be developed. I say people could be more educated and respect our environment more. Instead of littering one can start recycling more. Living in the United States is a great example for this because luckily we don’t suffer as these underdeveloped countries do. We can help by trying to use the resources we have more wisely and be able to conserve them as much as possible. We should take this as a consideration and take this as a positive attitude to confront the inevitable.
The people who are aware of the situation don’t act and those who are oblivious as to what is happening in the world lack education. Education is the most vital component here. You need to have the knowledge of how to ration food appropriately when obtained. Maybe food portions should be reduced in the countries that are rich in groceries. Also, the consumption of gasoline should be abridged and used wisely. There are two exaggerations occurring here: one is the over consumption of those who obtain food at their convenience, and second is the immense scarcity and inadequacy to those who need it. In the 90’s, the U.S army went into Somalia to end the hunger cycle. Relief supplies began to flow into the country and their agriculture was soon revived. Aside from assisting the country with food supplies, it would have been a wise idea to send in the troops to educate as well. You are only solving the problem temporarily. With education, the people can develop and will not fall into the struggle easily again. Of course, in this example, the mission back-fired and a militia in Somalia fought for the supplies. With education being introduced, people will develop self-awareness and obtain a broader perspective in economical progression, environmental repairing, and agricultural sustainability. They will understand the impact of each human introduced to this world. We have to fix it before it’s too late.
Gabriel GutierrezThe question of what we can do is not a simple one. The reason it isn’t simple is because many of us are in the United States as a result of either political injustice or underdevelopment. I for one have two examples within my own family that I can share. On one side my family is Cuban. However, due to Castro my family had to flee Cuba in 1959. This is the case with most Cubans in Miami. In 2006 when Fidel handed over power to his brother and things looked bleak for their regime I began to think of what could or would happen when the government is finally toppled in Cuba. I’m almost certain that many of the affluent business men of Cuban descent in Miami will immediately rush over and try to restore the island to the beauty they and their families once knew. However, for many of the reasons you stated development in Cuba has yet to happen because of their lack of proper education, economic freedom, and political freedom. In places like Cuba the blame for why it remains underdeveloped can be clearly placed on its political situation. Lack of food and descent of agricultural prosperity happened as a result of the regime. Venezuela, where my father was born, is unfortunately heading in that direction. I recently visited and you can’t buy certain things at the grocery store and other things are being rationed. For us this is hard to believe but it is all to real and closer to us than we would want to think. So long as our people flee these countries there isn’t much that WE can do from here.
The rise of necessities for the human population has been a lingering shadow for a couple of years. With a constant rise in the population, the demand for these necessities will only continue to rise. Food, being one of the main sources needed to sustain life, is higher in demand. However, as stated in the post, many global factors are preventing from growing enough food products to supply the high demand. A solution to this is not simple. To begin with, it will take help from a global stand point. As a developed country, we can start growing more of our own crops. Buying from other exporting countries will still be needed in order for them to continue to grow more. We can also go to the underdeveloped countries and help them start using the land they have—or neighboring land—to their advantage. Teach them how to work around the obstacles. A bullet-proof solution, if ever finding one, will take years to put into effect.
Sustainability,one of the biggest problems for politicians,scientists and thinkers around the world is a subject that humanity has dealt with since the beginning of societies. From a purely economic point, the rise of population and food prices are directly correlated to the sustainability of an area since, of course, more people means more food and more money you need to obtain it. Now, sustainability has also to do with technology, and this is where the two great ideas about the subject clash. Malthus and David Ricardo, one explaining that because resources are limited a drastic increase in population will affect the number of people in an area and the other counter arguing that thanks to technology population growth is basically unlimited. Ideally, if we could feed everyone in the world ( AND WE CAN), there would probably be much less poverty, wars and deaths, but since humans tend to only care about what it is at the reach of their hands we do not put enough effort in helping and sadly conflicts rise and expand, poverty increases and deaths seem not to stop do to both of these actions. Although there are international organizations such as United Nations and the European Council that appeal to the idea of sustainable societies around the world they have clearly failed to achieve any solutions, in fact, everything that has been proposed by these entities has only patched the issues. As one may observe in places like Africa, wars spun out of control, famine and poverty rose and the solutions given by not only the organizations mentioned before, but also by local ones were not enough. In the Congo Wars, over 5 million people died not only from war casualties, but also from lack of food and the extreme poverty left behind by the actions of corrupted and cynical leaders. The point I want to make is that although I completely understand that consensus such as U.N can not completely enter a situation and solve it once it is out of control, they should prevent it or at least appease the effects of it. It is unreasonable to permit events such as the deaths of millions of people in some parts of the Earth because of the need of food while in other parts food is being wasted and over indulged by others. The solutions given by many government authorities to the problems of starvation, and poverty are founded by thoughts of morality and logic, but as society moves towards new frontiers many stop and think how can all of this be happening and what is the logic and morals behind it. Should we help the ones in need? In my opinion yes, since the rest of the world that is not suffering from poverty, famine and wars have the resources to do so. Many may think that we should not since there is nothing really dictating that we should, but if we think, as we do, that our societies are moral and reasonable we have the duty to do so.
I belive that our planet has a lot of potential when it comes to growing and developing. To help these situations of poverty, lack of food supply, over population, along with the lack of education in some countries, I think there is much that can be accomplished. For example, these big countries such as the U.S., and many from Europe need to help out the ones in need, as from a "big brother" perspective. If there are some countries that are very much highly advanced and far ahead in technology than others, then why can't these less fortunate countries just as well have the equal oportunity to be educated, and have access to what the modern world and lifestyle has to offer? A step in action needs to be taken place to solve all these major issues. One of my solutions would be to continue the basic trade system: those that over optain certain crops give to the ones that lack in it and vice versa, this way everyone is helping each other. They all need to work together to come up with the best outcome for everyone, in which the rich help out the needy while still maintaining that happy medium.
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