You know that old saying about “give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime?” Well, Oxfam.com had a good article making that exact point.
Apparently, since the Ethiopian famine of 1984 (think “We Are The World’), when over a million people died, the main way we have been giving aid (and the U.S. gives a ton of it) is through food that we ship over there.
The result is a system that reacts to famines instead of preventing them. The article goes on to say while, certainly, aid to people in need on the ground is crucial, such as the aid given to Somalis right now, it is more pragmatic, cost-effective, and, ultimately useful to set up programs which help drought-prone places fend of famine to begin with. The reality: doesn’t have to = famine. This kind of “preparedness” means doing like helping build safe wells and storage, supporting local farmers and that kind of thing. It’s a really good article that I think makes a great point.
For your perusal: here it is. Also, on that page you can find a link for donations. Oxfam is an amazing group.
I also just read that there was a big conference about food in Rome and that one of the main topics was how to handle the influx of population over the years when it comes to, you know, feeding people. There’s a debate over whether it’s good or bad – sustainable or not- to focus on genetically altered food. It doesn’t seem like there’s a consensus. There’s a school of thought that says it’s not bad, in fact, like the “green” revolution of the 60s-70s where there were big strides increasing production, “GA” food is a key to feeding the world. On the other hand, other people say small and organic is the way to go and that old solutions can’t be slapped onto new issues.
Here’s that article too, for your viewing pleasure.
Man, I don’t know how many people are reading this (that’s a lie, I check my stats five times a day lol), but personally, I’m finding this month so far very informative and fun even!
I don’t have a position on GA food myself, gotta learn more. Some of those huge strawberries at shaws are a little scary, but then again, they’re delicious! I dig this idea of working to avoid famine. Seems very common sensical. Though, gotta learn more about that, too. So, Genetically altered food, famine preparedness, Oxfam, and the WFP. Stuff to read more on.
Now how bout a moment of twin?