The Other I

September 26, 2016

Feeding the hungry

Filed under: Food chains,Just Stuff,Survival Strategies — theotheri @ 3:31 pm

Before reading the rest of this post, you might find it as interesting as I did to make a guess at percentage of the world population you would estimate are undernourished in the world today.

To put that estimate in context, here are a few more relevant facts:

  • in 1945 at the end of two world wars, the global population was 2 billion, 50% of whom the Food & Agriculture Association of the United Nation estimates were undernourished;  that’s about half a billion people
  • in the 60 years since then, the world population has swelled to 7.4 billion, an increase of the human population never seen in the history of our species

I was astonished to read that today, the World Health Organization estimates that about 11% of the human population is malnourished.  That’s a painful 8 million people.  But somehow, even with a burgeoning increase in the human population, the percentage of malnourished has dropped in 60 years from 50% to 11%.  Instead of more than 3 1/2 billion starving people today, the problem has shrunk dramatically.

How did it happen?

Do you want to make another guess?

That’s the subject of my next post.



  1. waiting to hear – internet????


    Comment by kateritek — September 26, 2016 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

  2. increased agriculture and decreased forest cover?


    Comment by tskraghu — September 29, 2016 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

    • No! Or not in anyway relative to the increase in the size of food production & the decrease in global malnutrition. Between 1961 & 2009, farmland increased by 12%, but production increased by 300%. That has saved 300 billion hectares of forest. The mind boggles at the size of it – about the size of the USA, Canada & China combined. I dare say, that wouldn’t have happened. Either we would have come close to utterly destroying our planet by now, or the human population would have gone back to the famine method of controlling population. Still, we have a lot yet to learn to save Earth as our home.

      (As you might have guessed, I’m learning a lot from reading Norberg. Going slowly so I can digest it thoroughly.)

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      Comment by Terry Sissons — September 29, 2016 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

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