Clipping #56: FOOD

This is not a culinary Clipping. Food meets many needs. Have you thought about food as a political, humanitarian, and scientific issue? National Geographic offers some interesting data.[1]

In the US, our average calorie consumption per person, a day is 3,729. A UN organization recommends an average intake of 2,353. In Cuba, it is 3227; in the Dominican Republic it is 2,375; in the UK, it is 3,414; in France, it is 3,545; in Israel, it is 3,585; in Kenya, it is 2,114; in Zambia, it is 1,870, the lowest in the world; in Afghanistan, it is 1,978; in India, it is 2,370 where a quarter of the world’s hungry people live; in Russia, it is 3,195; in China, it is 2,938 where there has been a 75% drop in the number of undernourished people in developing countries since 1990; in Japan, it is 2,787in South Korea, it is 3,175; in North Korea, it is 2,130 where 42% of its people are undernourished compared with less than 5% in South Korea;.

National Geographic reports that, “The world’s farmers grow enough food to end global hunger, but 795 million people remain undernourished.” “What a country eats reflects its economic status.” Political unrest, economic crises, and natural disasters ensnarl food distribution.

Nevertheless, there is progress. “Undernourishment has declined from 23 to 13 percent in developing countries over the past quarter century.”

Who do you think should contribute most to dealing with world hunger? How should they do this?

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[1] National Geographic, October 2017

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