Worldwide food security (insecurity would be more like it)
Posted Jul 11 2009 12:59am
The USDA has issued dismal new estimates of food security in70 developing countries. Food insecurity means different things depending on where you are. In the United States, food insecurity means the lack of a reliable source of adequate food. In developing countries it means consuming less than an average of 2,100 calories a day. The number of people in developing countries who are food insecure rose by 11% from 2007 to 2008 and is expected to rise even further in 2009. This is the result of the economic downturn which, unsurprisingly, has worse effects on the poor than the rich. This trend is not a good one. Food insecurity is not only bad for health; it also leads to political instability. That is why everyone has a stake in making sure that everyone has enough to eat. The USDA report needs to lead to action.