“We ran the model forward to the year 2040, along a business-as-usual trajectory based on ‘do-nothing’ trends — that is, without any feedback loops that would change the underlying trend. The results show that based on plausible climate trends, and a total failure to change course, the global food supply system would face catastrophic losses, and an unprecedented epidemic of food riots. In this scenario, global society essentially collapses as food production falls permanently short of consumption.” UK Government-backed Scientific Model Flags Risk of Civilisation’s Collapse by 2040
there are three major food problems that must be addressed in the coming century: malnutrition and hunger, obesity and over nutrition and the environmental consequences that arise from modern agriculture. Kelly D Brownell
In the past fifty years we've doubled our irrigated cropland and tripled our water consumption to meet global food demand. In the next fifty, we must double food production again. Is there really enough water to pull that off ? In his book When the Rivers Run Dry environmental journalist Fred Pearce describes in vivid, firsthand detail the stark reality of impending water crises in more than thirty countries around the globe. We now withdraw so much water that many of our mightiest and most historic rivers - like the Nile, the Colorado, the Yellow, the Indus - have barely a trickle left to meet the sea. (From the World in 2050: Laurence C Smith
"Summary of the Summary: We are five years into a severe global food crisis that is very unlikely to go away. It will threaten poor countries with increased malnutrition and starvation and even collapse. Resource squabbles and waves of food-induced migration will threaten global stability and global growth. This threat is badly underestimated by almost everybody and all institutions with the possible exception of some military establishments." Jeremy Grantham
make our food safer (www.notinmyfood.org an initiative of Consumer Reports.)
The Future of Food (2004 film. See the trailer)
Eating Well (magazine)
food production must rise 100% by 2050 (3/10/2016)
epicurious online home of Gourmet and Bon Appetit.
Breadline USA: Why People Are Going Hungry in the Land of Plenty By Sasha Abramsky, PoliPoint Press. Posted July 4, 2009.
Wheat Markets gone wild (2/16/2008)
1. Only 1% of imported food is inspected. Because the federal government refuses to implement a country-of-origin labeling program for meat and produce, consumers don’t have the facts they need to avoid low-quality food from overseas.
2. Despite new research that shows that artificial hormones may contribute to a five-fold increase in twin pregnancies for American women, the federal government still allows them in dairy products. They are banned in Canada and Europe.
3. Instead of forcing meat producers to fix serious sanitation problems at factory farms and slaughterhouses, the federal government allows them to take dangerous shortcuts like pumping livestock full of antibiotics, dipping carcasses in toxic disinfectants, and irradiating meat.
4. Although mad cow disease presents a lethal threat to public health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has blocked meatpackers from implementing their own mad cow testing programs.
5. The Bush Administration and its allies in Congress want to weaken the Safe Water Drinking Act, which may lead to more cancer and disease-causing contaminants in the tap water of millions of Americans.
From Food & Water Watch!
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Milk products manufactured in China and tainted with melamine, an industrial chemical, killed and injured thousands of children this year.
If you live in the US, you need to know that your government is not protecting you from these products.
The original story posted yesterday is here:
My additional research is posted here:
The New York Times | Politics and Hunger
The New York Times writes, "One might expect that food riots in Egypt and Haiti would convince the world's wealthy nations of the need to do more to feed the world's poorest. If not, maybe the threat of 100 million more people falling into poverty due to soaring food prices would spur them to help. Yet at last week's United Nations food summit, the world's more-developed nations proved, once again, that domestic politics trumps both humanitarian concerns and sound strategic calculations."
Check this link about the FDA.
"Unsafe foods cause an estimated 76 million illnesses and 5,000 deaths each year in the United States. Although people from all walks of life can develop food borne illness, those who are most at risk include the elderly, young children, pregnant women and their fetuses, and the immunocompromised. While most illnesses occur as isolated cases, outbreaks of foodborne illness are clusters of illness that result from ingestion of a common contaminated food. A single outbreak can affect hundreds, or even thousands, of people. From Outbreak Alert.
"If genetically modified foods can't be excluded from Europe, those who object to them want full disclosure of the genetically modified content of these foods - labeling, so that consumers can choose what they want to buy. But the United States - normally a believer in free trade and consumer choice -has in this case taken the position that full disclosure would be a trade barrier. A large proportion of America's agricultural exports contains a genetically modified ingredient; America correctly worries that, given the level of concern about genetically modified foods, European consumers would stop buying many American-produced foods. The United States is putting its right to export above European consumers' right to know what they are eating." Joseph Stiglitz, Making Globalization Work, pg 129
The Future of Food (video 89 minutes) Watch it on-line.
Seeds of Destruction, The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation by F. William Engdahl
Harvest of Fear Vanity Fair 5/2008
Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele write for Vanity Fair, "Monsanto already dominates America's food chain with its genetically modified seeds. Now it has targeted milk production. Just as frightening as the corporation's tactics - ruthless legal battles against small farmers - is its decades-long history of toxic contamination."
Dr Michael Antoniou argues that genetically modified
are dangerous and unnecessary
Interview by Nick Jackson The Independent, 27 September 2007 _http://news.independent.co.uk/education/higher/article2999527.ece_
References from: Monsanto: Visionary or Architect of Bioserfdom? A Global Socio-Economic Examination of Genetically Modified Organisms - Andrew Hund 10dec99
Frankenwine? Wines made with GMO yeast hit the market this year 20 Dec 2006 The United States' first wines made using a genetically modified wine yeast will be released this year, but critics say the GM yeast has not been properly safety tested and could contaminate non-GM wine crops.
White Gate Farm (East
Rose's Berry Farm (Glastonbury)
Way of Eating: Tracie McMillan
End of Plenty: The Race to Feed A Crowded World, Joel K.Bourne,
The Coming Famine: Julian Cribb
Seeds of Destruction: F. William Engdahl
Natural Causes: Dan Hurley
Seeds of Deception: Jeffrey Smith
Safe Shopper's Bible: David Steinman and Samuel S. Epstein, M.D
The End of Food Paul Roberts
Future of Food (Film).