The number of people facing starvation has crossed the one billion mark. These statistics from many world organizations such as UNICEF should be really shocking to Americans. The worst part is that the world’s population is growing each and every day, and billions of humans are faced with malnourishment. By 2050, billions will be facing starvation if the cause of this problem is not addressed.
According to UNICEF, the world's supply of grain is so small that it will barely feed the world for a month. What is important to understand in that statement is that few crops are harvestable within a month. That means that if a disaster were to strike, and food supplies were interrupted that many people would face starvation. With the world’s food reserve falling to extremely dangerous levels and the food production failing to go up, it seems the era peak food is here.
Peak Food: It's more than just hunger
What is peak food? Peak food is the time when the per capita availability of food across the world reaches a maximum point, then begins to decline. It also means that the world is consuming more food than is being produced. Not only is the increasing world population a problem, the fact that we are losing arable land and facing water shortages are also compounding food production.
Peak water is no joke. The increased population is requiring more freshwater than the hydrologic cycle can replenish. That means that as the world population continues to grow, that farmers must produce more food with less land, and less water. Part of the GMO initiative was created to address food shortages. If we add into the mix, the impact that commercial farming has on the environment than we are also faced with the burden of using less commercial fertilizers. Events like the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico have been going on for decades. The impact of human activities on fisheries around the globe is also causing a problem as less fish are available for harvest. Any way that you look at it food is becoming scarce.
The world is linked by food, and food production is driven by the availability of fresh water. As climate change continues to affect weather patterns, and farmers are experiencing and increase in drought years, crop yields become smaller and smaller. John Vidal tells that story in his article Food Scarcity: The Timebomb Setting Nation Against Nation.
How Organic Gardening Can Help Relieve the Pressure on World Food Supplies
American families need to increase their participation in Organic gardening. While organic gardening dates back to several centuries, the convenience of boxed food at the local grocery store have impacted the number of organic gardens across the United States. During the world wars, families had victory gardens. During this economic downturn of 2008 through the present, more people have been willing to grow organic vegetables. In the face of peak food and peak water, Organic gardening needs to become a reality in every home.
As individuals, there are only so many things that we can do to help the current environmental situation improve. We can decrease the amount of energy that we consume, and we can grow a portion of our own food. As peak food gets closer, everything that we can grow ourselves helps to keep food in the markets for other people. This will also help to decrease fuel used to transport produce to the local market. It will also allow farmers to transfer more food to the global market. The more we produce organically, the less food will need to be grown using GMO standards.
Financially, growing your own food is a boon. The less you spend at the grocery store the more you can add to your savings account. Being able to cut costs will help you to free up more of your time. It is a win, win situation.
You might be new to organic gardening, but ancient civilizations actually relied on this form of livelihood. So what is this type of farming? This is a question quite a number of people ask. Technically, it is the use of compost, several crop residue and other techniques in order to preserve and increase soil productivity. Organic gardening has been embraced, and many people use this method to produce food. It has several benefits and not just to the human, but also to Mother Nature. With the number of people in the world rapidly growing, the next few decades are going to be very interesting and tough, as well. By 2050, the world population is expected to reach nine billion. Already we have 1 plus billion people living with hunger and another 1 billion people who are malnourished. By 2050, it is expected that the world food supply will be overwhelmed, and many people will have to live without food. We can help to prevent this if we each do what we can to grow our own Organic Food.