Categorized | Local, Media, National

Feeding The World

 

The Food Crisis Paradox

Award-Winning Film

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

“People are not hungry because they are ignorant… The issues are more fundamental. 

The fish are there.  The people know how to fish.  Yet, there is barbed wire around the pond– literally and figuratively.”

 

Why buy local?  This is why:  Food security.

It’s baffling that in some parts of the world, there’s an oversupply of food, while elsewhere people are suffering from malnourishment.

This infotainment film, How to Feed the World, was directed by Denis van Waerebeke for kids age 9 to 14 in an effort to explain resource disparity, malnutrition and the food crisis in an eye-catching and accessible way.

Waerebeke lays it all out, showing that it all boils down to food dependency.  He describes how a system of imports and exports complicate a process that could be simplified and sustainable if it focused on the local paradigm instead.

Of course it’s a little more convoluted than that, but the video explains it in a way that manages to be both digestible and informative.

The moral of the story? 

Work hard, think and buy and local, and thank your lucky stars if you’re fortunate enough to feed your family today.

* * * * * * * * *

Please feel free to share with others
and follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Leave a Reply

HumSentinel on Twitter

RSS Progressive Review

  • Bringing justice down to the community
    LA Daily News - City Attorney Mike Feuer announced plans Friday for a pilot program to involve community members in punishing offenders on quality-of-life issues.“It is part of a restorative justice theory, where the community should have restored to it what was taken from it by a perpetrator — and the community should see the tangible impact on the street.” […]
  • Milton Friedman: Killing American softly with his song
    Sam Smith, 2002 - You'd never guess it from the sycophantic obituaries, but Milton Friedman did more damage to American democracy and culture than just about any figure in the 20th century. The sycophancy isn't surprising. Friedman was blessed with it from the start. For example, the supposedly liberal PBS starred him in a ten part series, "Fr […]
  • How some states cheat minority voters
    Common Dreams - Lack of poll workers and low numbers of voting machines are key contributors to long voting lines, and precincts with more minorities experienced longer waits, according to a new study released today by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.Although many factors may contribute to long lines at the polls, little research has asse […]
  • Florida backs down on kindergarden testing
    Valerie Strauss, Washington Post - Last week I published a highly popular post that included a letter that kindergarten teacher Susan Bowles of Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville, Fla., posted on Facebook telling parents that she was refusing to administer the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, or FAIR. She explained what she said we […]
  • Department of Good Stuff: Journalists
    Dean Baker Russ Baker Richard Brenneman Dan Froomkin Amy Goodman Glenn GreenwaldChris Hedges George Monbiot Bill Moyers John Nichols Greg Palast Robert Reich James Ridgeway Jeremy Scahill Tim Shorrock Jeff Stein Jon Stewart David Swanson Matt Taibbi Mark Thompson Sarah Van Gelder   […]
  • Department of Good Stuff: Good news
    You can't do better than Yes Magazine […]
  • Real economics
     An increase in GDP doesn't pay the cable bill […]
  • UN secretary general to join climate demonstrators
    Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General - The Climate Summit that I am convening one week from today has two goals: to mobilize political will for a universal and meaningful climate agreement next year in Paris; and second to generate ambitious steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen resilience. We are anticipating an impressive turnout of leaders […]
  • Obama telling us one thing about ground troops, his generals another
    Nation - President Obama has repeatedly declared there will be no combat troops on the ground in Iraq to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But a Senate hearing Tuesday with top US military officials revealed that pronouncement is on very shaky ground—there is now no question ground troops are under active consideration at the highest levels of […]
  • The real economy
    Census Bureau & Federal Reserve […]
  • Ten ways to cut poverty
    Talk Poverty […]
  • Common Core trashs critics in ad
    Curmudgucation[Update: The video has gone away. The Youtube account "Common Core," a group of filmmakers from around the country, has shut down after only three days.]As your grandad would not say, "OMG!"The media group 617 has produced a video in support of the Core that is apparently intended to embarrass its opponents into silence. It […]
  • Pocket paradigms
    Laws should be handled like prescription drugs, but many of our politicians think of them as being more like popcorn or M&Ms -- something to munch on. This is unfortunate since much of America's success to date can be traced to one simple rule: don't make too many rules. Much of America's failure to date has come from ignoring this rule. - […]
  • Word
    To those who have hunger, give bread. To those who have bread, give a hunger for Justice. - Latin American grace […]
  • Recovered history: How newspapers can save themselves
    From 50 uyears of our overstocked archives Sam Smith, 2009  - It's been about 17 years since I last offered any advice to Don Graham of the Washington Post. He wasn't interested. Oddly, about a year later, the circulation of American newspapers, including the Post, began a slow decline that continues to this day.This morning, however, I was so stru […]