Global Food Crisis Explained
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Various factors have contributed to the current worldwide high food prices and shortages, exposing the fragility of our global food system. The war in Ukraine suppressing food production, extreme weather events such as droughts in Europe and Africa and floods in Pakistan, and rising fertilizer and labor cost have all played important role in the global food system.
A super strong El Niño and record high global sea surface temperatures are set to deliver devastating extreme weather events all over the planet in 2024. They will be extremely costly and traumatic for many millions of people around the world. But the real concern is what the consequences of those events will show us about the fragility and vulnerability our global food supply network is. A worrying portent of our near-term future, in the video published on Sep. 17, 2023, by Just Have a Think, as “The heat may not kill you, but the global food crisis might!“, below:
Many countries, particularly in the West, have long taken reliable food supplies for granted. But climate change, conflict and population growth are challenging such certainties. How can we ensure food security for everyone in the future? The vertical farm run by Anders Riemann in Copenhagen aims to get the maximum yield from the smallest area possible and operate sustainably. The CEO grows vegetables over 14 stories at his carbon-neutral indoor farm. Eight hundred kilograms of lettuce are grown here each week at Nordic Harvest. Riemann sees this alternative to conventional agriculture as a big opportunity for the future. He says the corona pandemic and the war in Ukraine have shown us just how vulnerable our food supply chains are. “We need local food production in our cities, as part of the infrastructure.” Agricultural scientist Urte Grauwinkel is part of a project researching what food crops could be better adapted to the new climate conditions in eastern Germany. Part of the idea is also to become less dependent on food imported from far away. She is experimenting with nutritious plants such as chickpeas, millet, amaranth, quinoa and hemp. Seaweed is another food with potential for the future. It is seen as environmentally friendly, hardy and nutritious. However, this superfood has not caught on yet in many western countries. Joost Wouters, the former manager of a soft drink manufacturer, wants to change that. He has set up the Seaweed Company to bring together seaweed farmers and the food industry. Could seaweed grown in Europe help feed more people in the future and counteract overfishing? In the video published on Oct 25, 2022, by DW Documentary, as “Food security – A growing dilemma| DW Documentary“, below:
The war in Ukraine threatens the world with unprecedented hunger. Even with a deal in place to get Ukraine’s food exports moving, serious weaknesses in the global food system would remain. Can anything be done to prevent future crises? In the video published on July 19, 2022, by The Economist, as “The global food crisis, explained“, below:
More people are hungry than ever before, and the UN warns the numbers are increasing The UN’s latest report on global hunger shows we are moving backwards. At least 828 million people went hungry one way or another, on a daily basis, last year. War, natural disasters and rising temperatures are threatening food security. The prices of wheat and other crops have increased exponentially – and will continue to do so. Billions of dollars are needed to prevent a global food crisis. What can we do before it’s too late? In the video published on July 6, 2022, by Al Jazeera English, as ““What’s causing the global food crisis?| Inside Story“, below:
The latest report from the United Nations shows a 34% increase in food insecurity from 2021-2022. David Beasley, the former executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, joins CBS News to discuss how climate change is exacerbating insecurity, the impact of the war in Ukraine, and the urgency of the crisis, in the video published on May 9, 2023, by CBS News, as “Former head of World Food Programme discusses global hunger crisis“, below:
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