© Eric R. Pianka
“The belly is an ungrateful wretch, it never remembers past favors, it always wants more tomorrow.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“Oh, belly. Thou bag of stinking breath, foul at either end”
Famines have occurred throughout human history and hunger is widespread today even in developed countries. Humans are eating more than can be replenished and world food reserves are falling. During times of plenty, surplus food can be stored, exported, or fed to animals. Food storage prospects are often limited by storage facilities, insect pests, rodents, and time. Wise leaders recognize that crop failures are inevitable and try to establish food reserves that allow a margin of safety. Global food reserves are currently at their lowest levels in 40 years and food prices are rising rapidly. Crop failures due to droughts caused by climate change have put greater pressure on food supplies. Widespread food shortages are imminent.
Food has become a mere commodity to be bought and sold capriciously, without consideration from whence it came. Most people have lost touch with nature, which was once the source of their succor. Many seem to have forgotten where food comes from –– some people may think that boxes of Triscuits grow on supermarket shelves (essentially, they sort of do, because when a box is scanned during its sale, a computer automatically places an order for a new box which arrives on the next truck). Crop failures would seem to be inevitable.
Agriculture: Our Worst Mistake
LA Times: Hunger
Old Forecast of Famine May Yet Come True
Last updated 12 September 2014 by Eric R. Pianka