“Food: Will Our Supply Run Out ?”
According to estimates, the world’s population will reach nine billion by 2050 and people will face the problem of a dwindling food supply and the decimation of the earth’s natural resources. Experts caution that we must change our ways or we will fail to meet the challenge. The UN’s food organizations – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – have just published their annual 2014 report on global food insecurity. They report that millions do not have enough to eat, billions lack the right nutrients to be healthy and that one in nine people on our planet suffer from hunger. Their figures are likely worse than you may have expected. Inadequate diets stunt the growth of 162 million children every year, 97% of them in the developing world, trapping communities in a cycle of poverty and poor health. According to the WHO, a staggering 2 billion people are affected by iron deficiency which contributes to anemia. More than 250 million children suffer from Vitamin A deficiency which is a major public health challenge in more than half the countries on the planet – with half a million going blind each year. Half of these children die within 12 months of going blind.