Five Factors Causing Global Food Shortages

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					Five Factors Causing Global Food Shortages
Currently, there is a food shortage of massive proportions sweeping the
globe. This food shortage will affect residents of poor and less-
developed countries first, but the effects will trickle down to even the
most highly developed countries quickly. The food shortage is not as much
of a shortage due to decreased production as a shortage caused by price
Residents of countries that consume a higher proportion of processed
foods to unprocessed foods can weather the storm more easily than people
whose diets consist mostly of unprocessed basics. That is because people
consuming many processes foods can switch to buying basics, saving money
and remaining able to pay for their food. Those whose diet consists of
basics such as fresh fruits, vegetables and grains, have nowhere to go,
except hungry.
This food shortage is the result of many different factors-including the
aforementioned price increases. There are five main factors contributing
to the global food shortage which is rapidly devolving into a global food
Five Factors Contributing to the Global Food Crisis
1) Rising Fertilizer Costs
Farmers in the poorest nations cannot afford fertilizer for their crops.
Their land is so depleted of nutrients that they cannot effectively raise
food without fertilizer. Fertilizer prices are rising because synthetic
fertilizer is produced using oil-based energy sources, the price of which
is rising steadily and quickly.
2) Subsidies for Production of Bio-fuels
Biofuels are produced with the same ingredients of food. Agricultural
subsidies spent toward biofuel production are monies not spent on food
production and distribution. While not the only cause, biofuel subsidies
are a concern because they take money away from food production subsidies
and biofuel production still requires use of fertilizers, which are
produced using energy from conventional fossil fuels.
3) Poor Distribution Systems
Donating food to developing countries is a double-edged sword. On one
hand, it provides necessary nutrients to sometimes starving populations.
On the other hand, free food delivered to hungry countries contributes to
price collapses for local food producers, taking away the incentive to
produce food locally.
4) Unchecked Population Growth
Population growth is a vicious cycle-especially in developing nations.
Families need help farming crops, so they have more children, translating
into more bodies to help-and more mouths to feed. Additionally, birth
control measures are less available in developing countries, contributing
to the fast population growth.
5) Drought
All over the world, drought in top-food producing regions is reducing
food production and driving prices higher. Drought across major food
producing regions of the United States, including the southeast, Midwest
and western regions is increasing food prices. Drought in regions of the
African continent and in Australia is making it impossible to grow food-
because there is no water to buy and no money to buy it.
Other factors, including political relationships, are contributing to the
global food emergency. The five listed above are the main factors, in
large part because they are either factors out of control of humans (we
can't control the weather), or because they are due to lack of research
into energy and alternative fuel sources.
Christopher A. Williams (aka Natural Fertilizer Guy) edits the website:
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fertilizers, as well as general natural gardening tips.