UN Links Livestock Raising to Global Food Shortage
What is being linked as the Silent Tsunami - the United Nations Environment Program states the current meat production is actually worsening the food crises and climate change effects.
"There are 900 million hungry people in the world and 4 million more join their ranks every year. We are facing the tightest food supplies in recent history. For the world's most vulnerable, food is simply being priced out of their reach."
It has been identified this is due to the unsustainable demands of livestock raising on energy, cereals and water.
The UNEP Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNEP Achim Steiner noted that meat production is energy inefficient and environmentally harmful at industrial scales and with intense use of feed crops such as maize and soybeans...the loss of calories by feeding the cereals to animals instead of using the cereals directly as human food represents the annual calorie need for more than 3.5 BILLION people.
“today’s immediate crises and begin focusing and framing a response to those on the horizon from future food shortages, natural resource scarcity, energy security and climate change,”
However, that is just the beginning;
Empty shelves in Caracas. Food riots in West Bengal and Mexico. Warnings of hunger in Jamaica, Nepal, the Philippines and sub-Saharan Africa. Soaring prices for basic foods are beginning to lead to political instability, with governments being forced to step in to artificially control the cost of bread, maize, rice and dairy products.
In real economic terms this has ment an 18% food price inflation in China, 13% in Indonesia and Pakistan, and 10% or more in Latin America, Russia and India. Speaking from Russia;
"The price of goods has risen sharply and that has hit the poor particularly hard," said Oleg Savelyev, of the Levada Centre polling institute.
And you don't think that we are all intertwined. If one country is feeling this pain, more will feel it too. You are seeing it now, it is almost like a domino affect, do not be so naive to think that this has nothing to do with you, just because NOW you have food. Even if you do, why would you not take the time to think of your neighbor and help them have a better life.
And all it takes is to not eat meat.
"Any unforeseen flood or crisis can make prices rise very quickly."
This dramatic occurrence of food shortage has been compounded by the recent increase in the world's population, sever droughts and weather conditions.
This week the UN Environment Programme said the planet's water, land, air, plants, animals and fish stocks were all in "inexorable decline". According to the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) 57 countries, including 29 in Africa, 19 in Asia and nine in Latin America, have been hit by catastrophic floods. Harvests have been affected by drought and heatwaves in south Asia, Europe, China, Sudan, Mozambique and Uruguay.