Feed the World…with what?
Had I responded to Joseph A. Komonchak’s post a few days ago, I would have mentioned that one of my favorite, albeit not Christ-centerd, Christmas Carols (or let’s just say “songs that you hear at Christmas”) is Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid. I’m sure you are probably pretty sick of hearing it on the radio by this point, but I am a big fan. The social justice advocate in me can’t help it. Unfortunately this year, it looks like it will be harder than ever to practice what the chorus suggests, “Feed the world.”
An article appeared in the International Herald Tribune yesterday stating that the UN is nervous about the dangerously low food stocks all around the world. The article states:
In an “unforeseen and unprecedented” shift, the world food supply is dwindling rapidly and food prices are soaring to historic levels.
Needless to say, this is creating problems. Climate changes, weather patterns, oil prices, each of these things plays a role in this dramatic situation, but the fact remains that something has to be done. Mark Howden of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia mentions the fact that the United States probably won’t feel the impact of this problem as much as others:
“In the U.S., Australia, and Europe, there’s a very substantial capacity to adapt to the effects on food – with money, technology, research and development. (…) In the developing world, there isn’t.”
This is obviously an economic problem, among other things. But I wanted to shed some light on this situation since “in our world of plenty/we can spread a smile of joy/Throw your arms around the world/at Christmas time.”
How are we going to be able to “Feed the hungry,” “Feed the world,” or “Feed [His] sheep” if there is nothing to feed them?