Could stopping hunger be as easy as planting gardens?
March 21, 2009 7:11am CST
I've been wondering for awhile now why someone couldn't organize a program whereby people with excessive garden produce could share it with people who are in need of food. Every year I see huge gardens here in the Midwest with food going to waste because the people who plant them get carried away in the spring and plant too much. If I were an organizer I'd try to come up with a way to get everyone to donate their excess produce and then distribute it for those who are hungry. However, I'm better at ideas than at how to organize them. Do you think an idea like this could work?
• Manchester, England
21 Nov 12
Well this kind of thing would certainly alleviate a lot of the current problems of food shortage, but it would only be a temporary solution. Our major issues are the increase in population and the rapidly disappearing areas of land to grow crops on. Both of these trends are destined to continue so with less land to feed more people the situation is certain to become worse as time progresses.
• United States
24 Aug 09
It could, but who would implement the programs? Experience has shown that corporations are all for the wealth/ profit of it, and that when government gets involved, the bureacracy only exacerbates the problem to begin with. Who would implement such programs--how would we start it--now especially that hunger and shortage is beginning to become more and more widespread--to those classes that a couple of years ago, never even had to worry about when and where they'd get their next meal.
21 Mar 09
Not sure that donation is the right idea but organization amongst nations is needed. A few years ago there was more food being produced in the world than was needed, it was just being produced in the wrong parts of the world and not where it was needed. Some got transported to Africa etc but a lot was destroyed because it was uneconomical to move it. Also many European farmers are paid not to produce food but are told to leave their land fallow. Therefore no one should go hungry although there is a payment issue involved. I would say that it is not always the fault of Europe or US. Africa itself could produce a great deal more food if it was organised properly. Zimbabwe indeed used to be able to produce enough food, even more than enough as they were able to export it as well. Then the land was taken from farmers who knew how to farm and given to people who didn't -the result starvation in Zimbabwee.