The following are responses and summaries of various readings related to Human Health, Disease, and the Environment.The Fatal Harvest – Industrial Agriculture Will Feed the World
Around 800 million people go hungry daily, and even in the United States where we export more food than we consume 33 million people go without food. The industrial agriculture corporations want the public believe that this hunger is due to the fact that there is not enough food produced in the world to supply all its populace. They purport the lies that increased chemical agriculture will provide for an adequate increase in food surpluses so that there will no longer be any starving people. However, in reality, the rate of food production has actually been adequate for the population and in the last 35 years has actually outpaced the growth of the worlds population by 16 percent per capita. There is enough food produced throughout the world to provide for 4.3 pounds of food per person daily: many times more than necessary. The true cause of starvation and world hunger is poverty. After large conglomerates began buying up farm land the people who once depended on this land for their sustenance no longer had a source of preservation. Many of these people then moved towards the industrialized cities to fight amongst the masses for low paying wages in dangerous factories. “If you don’t have land on which to grow food or the money to buy it, you go hungry no matter how dramatically technology pushes up food production.” Those who are still able to farm the land must pay greater costs for the technologically infused seeds and machinery and end up getting less for their crop than they once would. This price is not however reflected in the base cost of the consumer due to the large mark-up from the middle man. The large corporations could help the situation in their local communities by growing staple crops but choose instead to grow luxury high-profit crops which will fetch a greater amount of money when exported to the rich.