Today’s weekly photo challenge is: Big. The first photo that came to mind was the one below, of me standing beside perhaps the biggest pile of fresh lettuce I’d ever seen. The photo was taken in Beijing, China, one of the most populous countries in the world. I wondered where this produce was going. Was it staying in Beijing to feed its millions? Where did it come from? Millions in China would probably devour this in a second.
It reminded me of the recent post I did in honor of the upcoming World Food Day on October 16th. Here are some of the highlights from the post.
Do you ever wonder how on earth we are going to feed the world? With a population of 7 billion and growing every day, how will the world come up with enough food to feed its population?
Per a recent alarming UN report on global sustainability, the forecast is frightening:
“As the world’s population looks set to grow to nearly 9 billion by 2040 from 7 billion now, and the number of middle-class consumers increases by 3 billion over the next 20 years, the demand for resources will rise exponentially.
Even by 2030, the world will need at least 50 percent more food, 45 percent more energy and 30 percent more water, according to U.N. estimates, at a time when a changing environment is creating new limits to supply.
And if the world fails to tackle these problems, it risks condemning up to 3 billion people into poverty”.
Who is this big pile of lettuce going to feed? Where did it come from? These are questions I can’t answer but wish I could.
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