Friday, July 22, 2011

The future of water and food

There is an undeniable fact that severe weather is on the increase, which in turn is causing a problem of more flooding and droughts. Many parts of the planet considered to be fertile farming land is struggling to grow various types of food, and as a result, famine is on the increase in third world countries and prices are skyrocketing in the western world. Should severe weather get worse; we could possibly be looking at a major catastrophe in the very near future; 925 million people were hungry in 2010 and that statistic is on the increase.

Worldwide water shortage may happen sooner than anticipated. Based on various climate prediction centers, 2011 appears as though it will bring in severe droughts around the world and less water means less crops and therefore less food.
Africa is currently experiencing its worse drought in 60 years with more than 11 million people in need of assistance. This could not possibly be happening at a worse time since so many people and countries in the western world are struggling with their own finances and are unable to donate money.
Here are a few more examples:
  • China recently had to evacuate 500,000 people due to severe flooding while month long dry spells in central and eastern parts are resulting in severe droughts.
  • According to the Palmer Drought Index, severe to extreme drought affected about 25 percent of the United States as of the end of June 2011.
  • England and Wales had their driest March in more than 50 years.
  • Russia lost one third of its wheat crops in 2010 as a result of drought.
The following are 5 charities in support of people starving in Africa:
  1. Action Against Hunger
  2. Africare
  3. Care
  4. Oxfam
  5. International Rescue Committee

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