Food Scarcity à la Wall Street
October 26, 2011 Huffington Post Blog
By Vishrut Arya and Eric Holt-Giménez
A day doesn't go by that the media, industry or even many scientists don't repeat the eternal mantra: "The world must increase food production by 70% by 2050 or there will be mass starvation." The present food crisis -- in which nearly a billion people are going hungry -- is used as proof of the food scarcity plaguing the planet.
There is scarcity -- but not of food.
The world produces 1-½ times enough food to feed every man, woman and child currently living. Studies show that sustainable agricultural practices can produce enough food to feed 10 billion people, the planet's expected peak population.