This session will explore how the food crisis is growing rapidly both locally and globally, and the effects of that crisis economically, politically, and on the environment. More than 800 million people suffer from hunger worldwide, while in the US more than 46 million people are considered food insecure. Yet the problem is not about scarcity but about who benefits and who pays. Global food production has risen steadily at two percent per year over the past two decades while global population growth has risen just over one percent in the same time period. Further, ample research points to the industrial food and agricultural production as key contributors to the deepening climate crisis with industrial agriculture producing 17–19 percent of the CO2 into the atmosphere. Food as a commodity is ensuring massive profit-making to only a handful of corporations while hundreds of million people.
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