Global Hunger Solutions Report 2013
Plant a Seed to End Global Hunger
A productive discussion on effective solutions to global food insecurity can be so overwhelming it’s no surprise that meaningful public debate frequently devolves into polarized diatribes by energized advocates or a barrage of staggering statistics that elicit little more than despair.
In an effort to foster a more productive dialogue, The Center for Food Integrity surveyed leading global experts on food security to get their take on workable solutions. We selected 16 experts with extensive experience and a global perspective. These are individuals who have dedicated their distinguished academic, journalistic and professional careers to addressing these pressing issues.
The experts said public policy, technology and education of smallholder farmers that leads to self-sufficiency are critical to solving the food security crisis. And finding a solution is about more than feeding hungry mouths, it’s about building geopolitical stability. As Roger Thurow, author, journalist and senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs said, “Hunger is both the cause and effect of conflict.”
The conflict for those of us fortunate enough to live in the developed world is quite different. We are conflicted as a society in our support of innovation and technology that allows farmers to grow more food using fewer resources.
All consumers have a right to expect safe food produced responsibly. But we need to tread carefully in defining responsible production. Based on a recent CFI survey, consumer support for technology that increases productivity that could lead to self-sufficiency was not as strong as the support of global experts. A cultural bias that drives scientifically supported innovation from the market in the developed world could have devastating consequences in the developing world.
We should neither embrace nor reject technology and innovation out of hand, but invest the time and energy to better understand the impact of either using or eliminating the technology on people, animals and the planet. The consequences of a rush to judgment are too great.
Long-term solutions will require that governments encourage the support of smallholder farmers, bringing them up to date on modern farming methods, while championing the adoption of responsible agricultural technologies. Achieving that level of support will require unprecedented public engagement and consensus. Each of us can plant a seed by encouraging that engagement and supporting thoughtful analysis and policy that will bring an end to food insecurity.
CEO, The Center for Food Integrity
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