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Many people aim and wishes for world peace and to end world hunger. Destitution is one of the basic root cause of starvation. A whole nation in different parts of the world that suffers from poverty makes up a global hunger crisis. Shockingly, the reality for billions of individuals around the globe is that they are malnourished since they have insufficient supply of nourishment to eat on a daily basis. There are so many starving individuals, mostly children, within the world nowadays, it is preposterous when you think about it.
In the following sources by Robert Paarlberg’s essay “Attention Whole food Shoppers” (Foreign Policy Magazine, 2010), Ellen Gustafson’s presentation “Obesity + Hunger = 1 Global Food Issue” (Ted Talks, May 2010), and Tom Price’s article “Global Hunger” (CQR, August 2014) are where they unravel the issue of global hunger and the relation of obesity with malnourishment all over the world alongside with the ramifications on climate change. Persistent exertion with specialized measures of providing aid through agricultural technology and new political arrangements as well can help combat and further prevent global hunger.
Consultant specializing in global food and agricultural policy, Robert Paalberg contends the only means to end global hunger is the practice of industrial food production. Paarlberg says that poverty is responsible to the high rate of obesity and especially the hunger globally. He suggested that, “In Africa, more than 70 percent of rural households are cut off from the closest urban markets because, for instance, they live more than a 30-minute walk from the nearest all-weather road” (142).
Paalberg notes that foreign assistance, like modern seeds and agricultural technology that is sustainable can help up bring the farmers and the rest of the population in Africa. He then appeals to his readers using a credible scholarship that shows a comparison between industrialized products and organic products. According to him, “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last year published a study of 162 scientific papers from the past 50 years on the health benefits of organically grown foods and found no nutritional advantages over conventionally grown foods” (145). This concludes that organic produce does not hold any advantages for anyone’s well-being but it is still a much safer method for the environment. Lastly, his topic connects with the Veil from Food Inc. because both talked about the food safety. Although in Food Inc., it only showed the negative side of factory farming while Paarlberg explains the beneficial side to it.
Founder of 30 Project and sustainable food system activist, Ellen Gustafson explains the connection of obesity rates and undernourished rates around the world. She claims that the agricultural system in the United States have done a lousy job in producing a healthy source of food. During her proposal, she said that “Unfortunately, obesity’s not only an American problem. It’s actually been spreading all around the world and mainly through our kind of food
systems that we’re exporting.” Due to the mass production of industrial food and exporting these junk foods to other developing countries that can afford it is contributing to the world crisis of having an overweight population. She also remarks that, “There’s a billion-people obese or overweight and a billion-people hungry.” The people who chooses to consume the high in fat and empty calories food will constantly be hungry while continuing to gain weight. It is significant because so many individuals are falling victim of industrial food such as fast food and increasing the chances of developing health risk diseases in the process.
Contributing writer for CQ Researcher, Tom Price explores the controversies that influences global hunger. Price perceives three major causes of world starvation: the approach of the developing countries in agriculture, genetically modified crops and climate change. Price investigated many different aspects that contributes to world hunger while Paarlberg mainly blame poverty as the main cause of starvation globally. Throughout the article, Price maintained a neutral tone discussing the benefits and drawbacks of each issues. He stated that, “Paradoxically, the Earth produces more food than its inhabitants need, but the food is unevenly distributed” (675). In some part of the world, people are eating too much while the rest of the world are not getting enough supply of food. This comes down to the countries that are rich enough to demand a high quality and quantity if food production versus the impoverished nations that does not have any access to food at all. It is ironic that countries such as the U.S. have access to healthy options and chooses to eat fast food while those who are unfortunate have only access to organic food but their supply is not enough leaving them malnourished. More importantly is the negative impact of industrialize food production. It may be sustainable and can produce in large quantities that can feed millions better but the environment is the one suffering in the end. According to Price, “The oceans are absorbing growing amounts of carbon dioxide, which makes them more acidic and degrades coral reefs where millions of marine species live” (680). This fact relates to the main point of Nicole Niman in her article about the excessive emission of greenhouse gasses that are being produced by these factory farms. This fact explains how the harmful gas can affect the ecosystem and overall affecting millions of living things, resulting to dead zones like the one in Gulf of Mexico. It is highly important to recognize the permanent damage that the industrial farms are causing to further prevent such atrocious actions.
Overall, determining the effort needed in giving help through rural innovation and political courses of action can combat worldwide hunger. Paarlberg made a statement of industrial food production as the key to solve the food crisis globally. Although it may be sustainable and can deliver large amounts of products that can bolster millions of poverties- stricken nations, the Earth may not sustain itself for long. The reliability and safety of a food depends on where it came from. But it is a different issue of how these foods are made and the consequences it creates to the environment and to ourselves.
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