On World Food Day, Eric Holt-Giménez at Food First called for strong social movements to produce sustainable food systems.
‘[E]ven though for decades the world has produced 1 ½ times enough food for every man, woman and child on the planet, nearly a billion people go hungry while over a billion are malnourished. Ironically, most of the hungry are the very ones producing half the world’s food: peasant women. Similarly, most of the food insecure people in the developed world are food and farm workers – as are many of those suffering from obesity and diet-related disease. Hunger and malnutrition are not by-products, but an integral part of the global food system… We know what practices make a food system sustainable; why don’t we enact enabling policies to prioritize them? The simple answer is that the institutions that produce the agreements, laws and regulations shaping our food systems don’t yet have the political will to make sustainable food systems a priority.’
I’m grateful to my fellow blogger Noah Zerbe at Global Food Politics for drawing attention to this. It’s good to get away from techno-fixes and remember that in a world with plenty of food, people are hungry.