The escalating crisis of volatile food prices and food insecurity is the result of an industrial development model based on large-scale, export-orientated agriculture tied to international competition, self interest and stock market speculation. With over a billion people going hungry each day despite a huge surplus of food production, a reorientation towards more localised, smaller scale and sustainable agriculture is urgently required.
If we are concerned about stopping the enduring crime of starvation amidst plenty, we cannot restrict our actions to the level of our own country or community. We should rather think about sharing food in global terms and, above all, in relation to the politics of ending hunger, says Mohammed Mesbahi.
Few people within the sharing economy movement are considering the
application of this important concept to the most pressing global issues of our time. So
it’s very encouraging to see an article that asks if sharing can solve global hunger – although a comprehensive answer deserves much more
research, insight and consideration.
The idea of
sharing food has taken root in recent years as a response to our broken food systems, but does it make sense to talk about
food sharing on a global basis? Perhaps it does, as long as we advocate a true
form of economic sharing that addresses the power structures and politics
underlying our unjust globalised food economy.
The seed freedom movement
is an inspiring example of how the principle of sharing is central to resolving
the crisis in agriculture, and highlights the urgency of resisting the powerful agribusinesses that seek to eliminate biodiversity and criminalise the saving and sharing of seed.
This section of the report 'Financing the Global Sharing Economy' demonstrates how shifting subsidy support away from agribusiness in OECD countries could form a major step towards meeting
international development goals, and could contribute significantly to a fairer and more
environmentally sustainable model of agriculture.
According to the latest UN hunger statistcs, nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic
undernourishment in 2010-2012. This may be fewer people than previously thought, but analysts point out that the fight against hunger is still far from being won.
A new study at Aalto University estimates that
globally 614 kilocalories per every person a day are
lost as a result of food loss in the food production chain. By halving these food losses, we could feed an extra billion people
with the currently used resources. By Science Daily.