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Growing global population, fewer resources threaten future food security


Today, 1 in 6 Americans is hungry. Yet the current food insecurity problem pales in comparison to the challenges of the future. The ability to feed a rapidly growing world population was a focal point of educational programs held in Washington, DC, this week in conjunction with National Agriculture Day.

To help raise awareness about the role agriculture plays in feeding a growing population, Farmers Feeding the World has developed the HungerU initiative to travel to college campuses across the country. Despite a snowstorm and below freezing temperatures, The HungerU Tour visited the National Mall as part of the National Ag Day celebration.

“The weather can’t stop farmers from working because the world is depending on them for food. And the weather can’t stop us from raising awareness of the global hunger crisis,” said Margie Alsbrook, Director of Operations for the Foundation and HungerU.

The traveling exhibit engages university students nationwide in a conversation about world hunger, raising awareness of this crisis and highlighting the contributions that agriculture makes in fighting hunger.

“In the next 50 years we will need to produce more food for the planet than over the past 10,000 years combined, with fewer resources than before,” said Charlene Finck, president of the nonprofit Farm Journal Foundation. “Our message to the students of America is that no matter what your major is, and no matter what your interests are, we need all of you to be aware of the food security crisis and get involved in the war on hunger.”

Because National Ag Day is focused on increasing awareness of agriculture’s vital role in society, Alsbrook says it’s the perfect partner for HungerU. “We spend every day spreading the word about hunger and engaging students in conversations about food issues and that’s what Ag Day is all about, too. Our mission is to encourage everyone to take action in their communities to meet the growing demand for safe, nutritious and affordable food.”

HungerU Tour hosts use interactive materials and educational games to create a fun, engaging atmosphere for critical thinking and dialogue about the global hunger crisis and to drive students to take action. Visitors are invited to join the thousands who comprise the cutting-edge national advocacy network so they can stay informed about hunger issues and take action to fight global hunger.

The HungerU Spring 2014 tour kicked off at Auburn University and will continue to eight states over the next two months. Supported by DuPont Crop Protection, SFP, HungerU has traveled to 32 colleges and universities since the innovative awareness campaign launched in fall 2012. .

Focused on increasing public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in society, the Ag Day celebration included events and activities to engage the general public, policymakers, mainstream media, universities, youth and the business community.

HungerU is a special project of the Farm Journal Foundation’s Farmers Feeding the World effort made possible by support from the Foundation’s sponsors including DuPont. HungerU enlists students to join in the conversation about global hunger issues and the critical role of modern agriculture. The HungerU Tour travels to university campuses, engaging students in the ongoing hunger crisis and empowering them to take action in their communities.

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12 Comments on "Growing global population, fewer resources threaten future food security"

  1. rollin on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 12:45 am 

    The weather can delay planting and can ruin crops through drought or flooding.

    As the system goes further into overshoot it becomes more sensitive to perturbations, let alone major events.

  2. Kenz300 on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 2:23 am 

    Too many people and too few resources………

    If you can not provide for yourself what the heck makes you think it is a good idea to have a child you can not provide for?

    Only more poverty, suffering and despair can be the result.

  3. Makati1 on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 3:08 am 

    As I said in a previous article:

    “Perhaps consumption per person should be addressed instead of births?

    After all, if you take the US and divide it by China’s per capita energy consumption, you get Americans consuming the equal of 1,002,000,000 Chinese.(and much of China’s energy consumption is shipped to the uS in the form of goods.) That makes them actually equal to the US as far as consumption is concerned. So why limit the births? For every American born, three Chinese can be born.

    Or India. The Us is equal to 4,922,500,000 Indians in per capita energy consumption. So for every American born, there can be 15 Indians born and the consumption is equal.

    Or the Philippines where the energy use is less than the city of New York.

    No, it is consumption levels that should limit births, not numbers. Americans and their wannabees are the ones wasting the planet.”

    Energy or food, the disproportion is the same. The Us wastes enough food to feed the population of the Philippines. The world-wide raising of beef cattle uses enough grain and water to take care of over 2 billion people.

    We have enough. It is just not evenly distributed. And forget the 1 in 6 million “hungary” in the Us. When you see them on the street begging, THEN be concerned. Americans do not know what it is to actually starve to death.

    And, no I am not ranting against the Us, just the people who run it and the greedy Capitalists that are killing it.

  4. rollin on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 3:59 am 

    Poor people are forced toward a cheap high starch, high fructose, high chemicalized diet. This causes all kinds of health problems, heart problems and cancer are in the lead.

    They are being starved of minerals and high level organic molecules necessary for a healthy life.

    The fact that most fruits and vegetables are classed by the USDA as “specialty” crops is the big indicator. We don’t grow food anymore, we grow feed.

  5. DC on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 4:01 am 

    HungerU huh? Question: When havent people been hungry, in rather large numbers in this world? I remember hearing about efforts to ‘feed the hungry’ all while I was growing up. Even in my grade-school days, campaigns to feed (whoever) were pretty frequent. I have no idea what ‘HungerU’ thinks its going to accomplish. But I do know that we’ve been talking about world hunger for as long as I have been alive-and what to have to show for it? For me, its 3 billion extra mouths to feed in my lifetime along-and Im far from dead yet.

  6. noobtube on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 4:49 am 

    These alarms about population are always thinly-veiled eugenics, Master-race discussions to commit genocide against brown people and exhaust their resource-rich lands. (And, the reason they are resource-rich is because they are not exhausting their lands in the pursuit of capitalism, greed, and short-term profits).

    These Master-racists have been screaming about too much population since the 1960s, which is coincidentally when the 3rd world started getting rid of United States and European imperialism.

  7. perfector on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 7:09 am 

    You know everyone everywhere, even in the poorest nations, are going to have to re-learn to strictly limit the number of children they have.

  8. antiwarforever on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 9:23 am 

    Unfortunately it is not a politically correct thing to say there is overpopulation, neither on the Right nor on the Left.People like “moontube” for instance don’t want to understand that it is not (or not exclusively)a problem of “bad white rich people versus good poor brown people”, it is not a racial thing. Right now I fear there may be a baclash in the strict one cild policy in the PRC, there is talk of a 2 child policy now, it would be a catastrophe given the terrible level of pollution of chinese cities .

  9. Davy, Hermann, MO on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 10:55 am 

    Makati get a grip at this point in the game 15 Indians are just as bad as 1 American. It does not friggen matter if we have 15 low consumption equaling 1 high consumption. The global system is on overshoot for all people rich and poor. So India is pumping out 15 a day and America 1 so they are equally at fault. You can’t even go to the moral judgment at this point because I did not choose to be born white and rich. I can practice relative sacrifice within an economic and social system we call the US. I can’t change it nor can the leaders. It is a self-organizing system of millions of different people making millions of separate decisions. The same is true of India. Millions of Indians have families. Can you blame them for a tradition as old as man. I might add poor need families for substance. It is one of their few resources. So, Makati, I reject your poster girl propagandist ideological argument.

    HungerU huh? Question: When havent people been hungry, in rather large numbers in this world?

    Now, DC, totally agree with you on hunger it is here and now. It is a joke to argue otherwise that hunger will be when it is. Much of the hunger today is economic. There are enough calories to support everyone. This is not true for long though. What we must understand is our global system is built upon an economic system that trades and exchanges value. The global system is in entropic decay so even those local support systems in good health now will not be healthy soon. When the global system decays fast or slow the all-important local system will suffer everywhere. Those locations most unsustainable in a local sense will be the worst hit. I am pointing to all those regions massively populated. We here know geography so we know these places are numerous. Local and rural are not much better because we don’t know where these “Mega region folks” are going to migrate too. Most local and rural areas have no current postmodern system in place to adapt to the end of the local. Some areas will grow out like seeds that get scattered and find water and soil. It will be pure luck in the end!!!

    NOOB you’re a racist by bring race into this argument!

  10. Makati1 on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 12:02 pm 

    You seem too not want to see my point Davy, but then … You are still one of those who equal 15 Indians or 3 Chinese or 20 Filipinos. Which country has 30% of it’s population dying from over eating (obesity)? I’m happy to say that my consumption of all things has been shrinking by double digit percentages for years. I now live on 1/3 of my previous income and am working to cut that in half over the next few years.

    Put any tag on me you want. I could care less. I see what the US is doing to the world and am ashamed to call it my native country. I buy nothing that is made in the US of A. I keep my money out of the US banking system and, after my parents die, I will likely never go back. It has become a police state in every way possible and soon everyone there will see it for what it is.

  11. Davy, Hermann, MO on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 12:22 pm 

    Political propaganda ideology is what I am hearing. Makati, I fast twice a week. I am 6’1” 180lbs. I work out twice a week and eat right. I am not fat or obese like you insinuate I am. I wonder how healthy you are living in an over populated mega metro area like Manila? I am as efficient as I can be with resources considering the environment I am stuck in. I am “IN” a permaculture setting not talking about it. I raise grass fed beef Makati on land suited for pasture with water from rain and not irrigation. I manage my pasture with the cattle and collect the dung for fertilizer. I avoid polluting as much as I can. I am sorry I must use a car but in America there is no other choice if you want to be productive. Just the fact that you are here on the internet make you not green “AND” what about your big trip to the states soon……OOOH…Big green no no Makati. I cannot know or judge you except buy your words and what are words…Digital pixels. For all I know you are a Chinese hacker or an American NSA operative trolling this site for something. Come on blame and complain about America Makati. 15 Indians are worse than 1 American if America is in decline and your poster girls India or China are rising. It is math Makati and math says multiplication of a variable equals an amount. Do the math Makati please and be true to yourself

  12. Kenz300 on Fri, 28th Mar 2014 3:01 pm 

    Every year the world adds 80 million more people to feed, clothe and provide housing and energy for…..

    Endless population growth is not sustainable.

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