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Population Growth And Feeding The Poor

1819 words - 8 pages

To begin with, I’d like to point out that hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Additionally, the vast majority of hungry people (827 million) live in developing countries, where 14.3 percent of the population is undernourished (Hunger Statistics). On that note, many people like to associate population growth as a cause that will lead to the scarcity of food, which is not entirely true. There are more than enough global food resources, and yet world hunger is extensive. In fact, most hungry people live in countries that have excess in food. Therefore, increasing food production will not solve world hunger. Food is readily available to those who can afford it, which is why solving the poverty problem is part of the answer to the world hunger problem (Shah, Anup). Accordingly, we have to ask ourselves what is the main cause of poverty around the world? As Anup Shah points out, poverty around the world is a consequence, mainly due to international trade and economic policies.
One of the political issues around this is the Genetic Modification of food (GM), which many people are unaware of. The science behind genetically modified food is always improving; however, the concern many people have is that a few large profit-hungry corporations are controlling the research, and promotion for GM. Therefore, there’s reason to suspect that they don’t always have our best interest at heart. Additionally, GM food is an expensive technology, making it hard for farmers around the world to have access to. Furthermore, patented laws have crippled the poor because biotech companies have patented indigenousness knowledge without consent. The patents are then used to create monopolies, which drive the prices of everyday products up. As a result, economic options for everyday survival become limited for the poor (Shah, Anup). In addition to the aforementioned problems, biotech firms promote crop uniformity. This will decrease genetic diversity, which will make crops more vulnerable to disease and pests. Consequently, more pesticides will be needed, which interestingly, are created by the same companies promoting crop uniformity. Essentially, these companies are creating the problem, and then providing the fix, which calls into question their motives. Moreover, as Anup Shah points out, “do we actually need genetically engineered food, given that agriculture in small bio diverse farms are actually very productive.” As you can see, it’s not population growth that is the cause of hunger; but economics and politics at all levels, who have contributed to poverty and hunger around the world, making it very hard for people to afford food.
Another insightful piece of information that many people are unaware of is that whoever controls the land, controls its use. At first glance this seems like an obvious statement; however; looking deeper at the implications of what is been said, one would understand that this is a significant cause...

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