Thursday, October 16, 2008
"Hey, do you smell the Apocalypse?"
There is no secret as to how fucked up the American economy is right now. And while we sit and wait to see what result this economic tilt will have on the rest of the world, I have to admit that another world issue has grabbed my attention. I help run a UN club at my school and I have not been able to ignore the issue of the World Food Crisis that is looming over our society. As noted on the Oxfam website, the World Food Crisis is the result of a number of complex and interlocking causes. Most notably, biofuel policies, high fuel prices, growing global demand (particularly from large, emerging economies of China and India), unfair world trade rules, and climate change. One comment I read today in an article entitled "8 ways to fix the Global Food Crisis" by Kent Garber really made me stop and think. In the article he writes, "the world food crisis has two faces, here in the United States, shoppers stare in disbelief at the rising price of milk, meat, and eggs, but elsewhere on the globe, anguish spills into the streets, as in Somalia last week when tens of thousands of rioters converged on the capital to protest for food." I really think Garber does a nice job of raising awareness of how bad things are in the world outside of the United States. When you consider that around 2.7 billion people live on less than a $1 a day, with 80 percent of that money being spent on food or that price of basic foods have gone up as much as 300 percent over the last few years, it
becomes radically clear that we have major problems on the rise. The video below, while not full of laughs, does provide some information on the issue. As for a solution? Well, lets hope that familiar smell of apocalypse fades away like a bad dream from the night before because someone has actually stepped up and done something about it.