Forget the credit crunch, this is the food crisis
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As Yemen and Somalia resurface in the news with millions of people starving, the global food crisis is happening and it's time to take notice. The world is fast running out of food. If you search ‘food crisis’, thousands of news pieces pop up suggesting the rocketing price of food is leaving millions starving in countries like Somalia, Yemen, Gambia, Chad, Mali... the list goes on. This, however, is just the beginning. In January, the UN published figures showing by 2050, the demand for food will be up by 70% because of growing populations and greater consumption by individuals. Food production, however, will only be able to increase by 1.5%. If you are sceptical about these figures (as you have every right to be) think about the news recently. "Increasing poverty means that within the year 1.4 million Somalis will have no access to food". In Yemen "300,000 children face life-threatening levels of malnutrition". This isn’t because the ‘developed’ countries are hoarding all the food for themselves; this is because there isn’t enough food to go around.
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