Feeding the World

by Jacob Hite, Sustainable Plant Systems major

Everyone has heard the phrase “How are we going to feed the world in 2050?”  In 2050 it is estimated the world will just be over 9 billion people. Well we already can feed the world in 2050 with today’s yields. If you look at the world as a whole and all the food that humans produce we can feed everyone now, and in the future. Some scientist say for us to feed the world beyond 2050 a second Green Revolution is needed.

So if farmers all over the world are growing and harvesting enough food then why in 2014-2016 was there 795 million people suffering from malnutrition? The major problems are the food people eat and the lack of income to a family. People all over the world are lacking in Iron, Vitamin A, and Iodine mainly because the food they are eating does not contain enough micronutrients to live off of. The main reason is income of the family. No farmer, seller, or country will give away food to a starving nation unless they get money from it.

In conclusion there is enough food to feed the world the problem is getting all the food that is needed to the places that need it. Also if other countries can improve their income they would be able to buy more food to help boost their economy.

This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.

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