Food Scarcity in a Changing World

Hunger Pains

More than five years on from the global food crisis and still, an unacceptable number of the world’s population are food insecure.  Experts tell us that today there is enough food being produced globally to feed everyone, yet one in eight people in the world continue to go hungry every day. As Australian’s, we throw out 361 kilograms of food per person per year. The inequalities in food availability are stark indeed.

The world’s poor are undoubtedly hit the hardest.  Almost 870 million people are chronically undernourished - with the majority in developing countries. Arid climates, lack of access to modern farming technologies, catastrophic weather events and economic hardship are just some of the obstacles that rural and urban communities face when trying to feed their families.
 
With experts sounding warnings of an impending collapse of food production in Asia, the Pacific and Africa due to climate change and crop failures, it would seem the challenge of providing a food secure future to the world’s population is immense. Some may say impossible.
 
Are we are destined to live in a permanent state of food crisis? How do we ensure the world’s food security in the face of an ever increasing population, climate change, declining crop yields, rising food prices and vast inequalities between different countries? Can science and technology play a role in addressing these challenges? And what can we, as individuals, do to help?
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  • Venue Theatrette, Newcastle Museum,
  • Date & time 10/09/2013 6:00:00 PM 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Hunger Pains: Food Scarcity in a Changing World
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