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World Food Crisis

19 Aug 2017Other Essays

Just last April, the issue about “food shortage” particularly “rice” alarmed the entire world and the effects then were very evident among Asian countries like Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and all others. Food producers and manufactures advised that the sudden rise in price of food for about 25 % needs to have an immediate response since this is the biggest change so far from the last generations. Somewhere in the Philippines, a commercial rice wholesaler and retailer in a public market said that the price of rice which is most in demand soared to Php 38 from Php 34 per kilo. She also added that most of her consumers have already budgeted Php 34 for rice so consequently when there was an increase and they bought the rice of which cost is proportionate to their budget. The problem on food shortage greatly affects those who buy commercial food because most are lining up to buy the cheaper ones.

Food manufacturers hoard more stocks of food commodities so that when food shortage occur or perhaps the price increases, food traders could sell the hoarded food at a higher price. Despite the increase, food still sells because it is every nation’s staple food and is highly demanded. But because of the sudden upsurge, an ongoing food crisis in the world is happening which spawns riots in Haiti and massive starvations even in the United States. Inconsistent climate conditions, industrialization, and increase of food prices somehow have caused all these. In some reports, the unjust economic policies, high debt of state, corruption and low prices of the world market for export goods contribute much to the increasing price in food commodities. Meanwhile, some consider the degradation of the ecological habitat as the main reason why the world now has lesser supply for food. The people who really need help the most from every nation’s government during this time of crisis are the farmers for they need to be supported and be guided to increase the production of food and legally sell t to the local and national markets. As the Mr.

Robert Zoellick, the president of the World Bank would say, prosperous countries can give monetary supports to the farmers in the implementation of “green revolution” which is expected to increase the production over the farm and augment some crops in some places of Africa.

The food supply today is in a sorry state. Its support system is on the brink of a breakdown because of some issues that the world is going through. The world’s food supply is somehow modified because of the increasing human activities that eventually increase the demand for food. When this demand builds up and rises, more supply will be needed to satisfy the needs of the people. Thus, an unforeseen scenario on an increase in price for food will have to be instigated. This is how we experience a way much unstable food supply. Food shortage may be brought by some environmental problems like the irrepressible issues on global warming and other environmental destructions.

The damages of the environment create serious impacts that may harm the agricultural production. In a bigger scale, if environmental problems like global warming will continue to grow, such problems will prevent the progressive production of food, leaving food manufactures with no choice but to make necessary adjustments for an unequal segregation of food

Reference

  • The New York Times (2008, April 10) The World Food Crisis. 
  • GMA Network, Inc. (2008, April 4) Government earmarks P43.7 billion vs looming food crisis. 
  • The Nation (2008, April 24) The World Food Crisis. 

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