How Can Feed The World? Essay
What do you think this picture shows? It looks like a factory farm, right? As much as it may surprise you, this is what most free range farms look like. Before I explain the picture I wish to ask you a question. Which sounds more concerning: a) more than 1.2 billion people lives off under 50 pence a day or b) Africa uses less than 3% of the world’s energy, despite having 12.5% of the world’s population? Studies show that in the 1990s more than 3 billion people were suffering from poverty. As the population boom continues to progress, that number is on the increase. Soon, the struggle to feed everyone will become ever more discernible.
Food is arguably the most essential fuel to keep our bodies functioning; without food we would not live. As Virginia Woolf once said: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”. Our Western world is a world of luxuries, yet nearly half of the world population lives on less than £1.50 a day. I am sure that most of us would be willing to spend £1.50 on a fizzy drink or a chocolate bar. This shows how poverty creeps under the radar in countries like the UK; our contentedness has led to the deterioration of our species into a selfish breed. To make matters worse, this population is continuing to grow, but our food supplies are rapidly running out.
The hot topic of debate in the food industry today is the comparison between intensive and free range farming. We have all seen it. Food packaging on…