How to Feed the World and End Poverty at the Same Time

This video makes it very clear we already grow enough food to feed the world, we’re just really bad distribution, access and paying farmers properly for their products.  It certainly shows how self serving and disingenuous the lies spread by big Agricultural are that with out more GMO seeds and chemicals we can’t feed the world.

Great animation.  Watch it and let me know what you think.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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2 Responses to How to Feed the World and End Poverty at the Same Time

  1. I’m curious as to what you think the ‘conventional’ farming that has helped many farmers in 3rd world countries actually means? Biotechnology is helping small farmers all over the world increase their yields. GMOs such as drought resistant maize is needed by these farmers more than any other farmers around the globe. Promoting fear over a safe technology is doing much more harm than good. I agree with most points in this video and with your point that food distribution (and waste) is a huge issue that needs to be addressed.

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      I wondered what they meant by “conventional” as well, I assumed organic/traditional, but am aware one should never make assumptions. I am very much swayed by the arguments I see in the press the GMO crops do not increase yield and that the makers of GMO seeds seek to have a monopoly and that their reason for having patented seeds (something I also believe is morally wrong, we should not be able to own nature) so they can sell pesticides. In the case of Monsanto: Round Up. All their seeds are “round up ready” and although there seems to be “controversy” about what the actual story is in India, one of the largest growers of GM Cotton, where there are incredibly high farmer suicide rates. Some blame the corrupt banking system in India, others point to Monsanto whose seeds require you to sign a contract (most of these farmers are illiterate) and they are more expensive because of course they also come with the requirement of having to buy Monsanto’s pesticides. Only to find out that indeed their yield decreased and they were then unable to pay anyone or make a living. Most farmers live on shoe string when you make them grow monoculture, expensive monoculture, take away traditional methods like seed sharing and bi-diversity you create a more unstable situation for the farmers who now have literally all their eggs in one basket. Check out Vice. Ironically India also has a hearty organic cotton industry, would be interesting to make a comparison between the two crops to see if the suicide rate in organic farmers is the same less or more….I could go on and on but hopefully this basically answers your question.

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