How to solve global hunger?

People should not be dying because they don’t have food.

Everyone would probably agree on the previous statement but why is it so hard to make change it?

Elon Musk has recently spoken out that he would provide $6B if UN would write down in the Twitter thread how would they go about in spending that money. I am not sure he got any answers from them, so allow me to write what I would do.

Finding the cause

There is a saying about not giving a man a fish but rather a fishing rod and teaching one to catch fish. There have been a numerous jokes and interpretations made out of it, but let’s go deeper into that example. Imagine you teach a person to fish but on his way home he falls down from his motorcycle and breaks the fishing rod. He might be able to fix it, but he might not do so. If not, then his source of food (aka the rod) is there no longer. Sure, because he now knows the concept of fishing he could make a new one or maybe even take a loan and buy a new one.

The alternative to this would be to simply buy and give people the food. But what is that teaching them? That they can do nothing and food will come their way? The constant assistance could actually be doing more harm than good because the receivers of support become dependent on the care giver. It’s sort of like overprotective parents are doing things for their kids too long and thus rob them of the change of becoming adults that can take care of themselves and others.

I haven’t been to any country that would actually be suffering from lack of food or drinking water thus I am left with my imagination as to what the problems might be.

But its food. Simple, right?

Most of the food that we can think of start in a form of some kind of plant that can be stored for some time until it is eaten or can be processed in a way that makes it good for longer and maybe more convenient to prepare. The simplest foods vary region to region and often are the kinds that the natural environment is able to provide. The problems arise when there are too much people for the land to sustain. Thus people are trying their luck by migrating to other regions and often sending money home to help their relatives. Problem here is that not many countries are willing to take them in because of the social stigma and nationalist or conservative rules that they have.

The bigger part of Europe as well as the United States and other western countries have aging populations and would actually benefit from the influx of new people in their economies. But the big cities around the world are struggling in sustaining their citizens and the price of living there is often high. Also these days cities are the epicenters of epidemics as it has widely been seen during the current pandemic.

Since there are a lot of land that can be used for growing food and food production has been increasing all the time since we started measuring it, we must ask ourselves: where does this food go?

Looking at a bigger picture

A lot of what we grow is being fed to the animals that are later killed for meat. Apart from ethics and actual damage that a person gets when eating an animal that has been living in ‘modern farms’ we could reconsider eating that food ourselves. Sure it’s been a long time since we ate meat. But maybe we have to stop and rethink this?

In Sweden when the deer is hit by a car they know that it was suffering and thus large amount of harmful hormones is released into the blood. They do not eat that meat but rather burn it.

A person who would go to visit a ‘modern farm’ would soon realize that the animals are basically walking in their shit all day long and breathing it. A lot of chemical reactions are happening in there and thus their lungs are getting adjusted to the harmful conditions. The amounts of drugs that are being fed to them only makes their immune systems to become stronger to viruses and bacteria that they are facing each day. Most of the animals that are getting transported to slaughter house are close to dying and often not in a very good shape. Why the farmers do it? Because if you would take a dead animal to a slaughter house you wouldn’t get paid. Their interests are not always aligned with growing animals in a friendly and good environment but rather growing and selling them as quickly as possible. Also, the more they weight, the more money they are getting thus it is in their best interest to use any technique possible to make them bigger. And guess what, if the animals are moving and developing more muscles, they require more food. And that is ‘harmful’ for their business thus it’s best to keep them moving as little as possible.

It’s not hard to imagine what happens to humans who are then eating that dead flesh. Sure it tastes and smells fine when the spices and a lot of salt is added. But try smelling the meat when it is still uncooked or try not using the spices or the salt. Suddenly the taste that you liked becomes bad.

Many people after getting back their smell after containing corona virus have had such thing happen. I think it’s a good thing that will make people eat less meat and eventually stop eating it all together.

How could we make this happen sooner?

A lot of people have been talking about this for 50 years or so but there is still a lot of misinformation that meat is necessary for humans to survive. There’s also a lot of other non-sense about health and nutrition that people believe in. The result is obese and sick populations on one side of the world while people have undernourished diets on the other.

If more people could connect the dots and see the bigger picture here, they would realize that every person could make a change by just eating less meat and eventually eating it very rarely or not eating all together. They would not only benefit their own healths and would live longer but would actually help the world to stabilize and provide for all.

So what could be done?

Raising awareness of the issue by making bold documentaries. Visiting the regions that are both suffering from undernourishment and regions that are consuming to much. Educating those that eat too much how they could not only save money, but be healthier and provide a positive impact on the global world.

Doing a simple unbiased research that would track individuals with different diets. Today a lot of the research is biased and the likes of Dairy Foundation are doing research only by observing people who eat different cheeses and milks and not even comparing it to those who are not consuming such foods. There are many universities that would happily do a research by having their students eat different diets and registering their data. Why on earth people still don’t know what is good to eat and what is not? Because they eat a lot of shit that desensitizes receptors that mix up their bodily signals and make them no longer useful. In other words, people don’t know what they bodies need but only what they want that tastes good. Fixing this would require major changes in the food changes and regulation. But the change would come from the decisions of people and to influence that good studies need to be made and resources allocated for spreading the information.

So eating less food in one part of the world and bringing it to another is a simple method that was already tried and hasn’t really worked that well. What if we were to create sustainable methods of food growth in the regions that require it. Sure the weather is not so good there. But if we are planing on going to Mars we should be able to grow something in Africa.

You still haven’t said what would you do with the money.

So these are top 5 regions and the percentages of people suffering from hunger:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa: 22.7%
  • Caribbean: 17.7%
  • Southern Asia: 14.4%
  • Southeastern Asia: 11.5%
  • Western Asia: 10.6%

The first one seems legit but the other 4.. I don’t know. Caribbean. Really?

Why can’t we make autonomous glass houses that would not require a lot of water and offer the plants protections from excessive heat? I am sure there would be people who would be willing to work in them by watching over the growing plants as well as transporting and selling them. It would actually create new jobs and provide a sustainable model that eventually would not require any assistance if done right.

So how to do it? Well, we would need materials to make them and a little bit of thinking to make them at least semi-autonomous. That is the planthouses would maintain the right humidity and the people would go in to check in on the plants and to harvest them. In future that could also be automated and used in all regions of the world.

It sure sounds like the next step to do no matter in what direction we are headed.

I am pretty sure that a lot of planthouses could be built for $6B.

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