Daniel Halliday
Jul 31 · Last update 18 days ago.

Are there any solutions to global or regional food insecurity?

A multitude of factors pose a risk to food security internationally from natural disasters to hipster’s buying habits. However even the definition of food security remains inconsistent, with defining factors remaining so variable it is almost a different issue depending on who is using the term and what country they are describing the food security issues of. Are food insecurities just a downside of modern societies, neglect of the most poor and needy, or can more be done to alleviate this still fairly widespread problem?
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Although there are a range of age old threats to food security, such as natural disasters, conflict and instability, new challenges are also presenting themselves, with “superfood fads” becoming a more modern threat to food supplies. Quinoa is a good example; as it became popular as a protein and nutrient-rich superfood, so did more affluent importers make it unaffordable for the poorer markets that have traditional relied on the grain, creating food insecurity for the most vulnerable. However genetic research including sequencing quinoa’s genome to try and breed or produce a more sustainable, better tasting and nutritional superior plant is underway, which may go further than alleviating food insecurity for just traditional quinoa eaters, but could also satisfy more of the health-conscious hipster masses.

vice.com/en_us/article/kbp439/the-quest-to-create-a-strain-of-super-quinoa

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The prevalence of hunger: a downside of capitalism

No the problem is too varied, widespread, and internationally too difficult to be solved within the one-track-mind of a capitalist economic system, this is only made more complicated by massively expanding populations on a planet of limit resources, limited supply. Capitalism will ultimately address markets only, cannot supply complex demands from incomparable markets, and can probably never supply 100% of a demand, as the most disadvantaged of society will always lack the means to purchase all of their needs. As it stands food production is not the main factor contributing to problems surrounding food security, it is not so much a shortage of food but unequal distribution. As a result food insecurities can never be fully addressed within a capitalist framework.

solidarity-us.org/atc/133/p1393

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