The Coming Food Wars
IN the next 50 years the world’s population will eat as much food as it has consumed over human history, a top scientist has warned.
In a world where carbon and water will have a price, it is a challenge not seen before and science will have to lead the way, CSIRO chief executive Megan Clark said.
- 1 person dies every second as a result of hunger – 4000 every hour – 100 000 each day – 36 million each year – 58 % of all deaths (2001-2004 estimates).
- 1 child dies every 5 seconds as a result of hunger – 700 every hour – 16 000 each day – 6 million each year – 60% of all child deaths (2002-2008 estimates).
Some perspective: Compare this to the number of fatalities resulting from the 9/11 attacks: There were 2,974 persons who died, excluding the 19 hijackers: 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,603 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. This means that every single day 32 times the number of people who were killed as a result of the 9/11 attacks die from starvation or malnutrition-related diseases. Every single day. Thirty-two times 9/11. And children? Every single day: 5.5 times 9/11.