May 3, 2012
Most of the food found in the grocery store is the product of an unsustainable food system. How would you feel if your favorite fruit or vegetable went extinct? The world is beginning to over populate and we are consuming food faster than we’re producing it. Many of the main foundational food sources such as rice and seeds have slipped into endangerment. Healthier food is available now and desirable in the future, but it’s not sustainable. More people need to become aware of the issues of foods becoming endangered so we can prevent extinction of it. Some scientists argue that there is enough food to support the world population, but critics dispute this, particularly if sustainability is taken into account. Many others say that “global population growth will cause a food, water, and energy crisis by 2030”. (Chapman, Heald) Population growth is the main driving force of agricultural demand. “As world population doubled from 3 billion to 6 billion, daily Calorie consumption in poor countries increased from 1,932 to 2,650, and the percentage of people in those countries who were malnourished fell from 45% to 18%.” (Chapman, Heald) The more people there are the greater amount of food that is needed.
The chart above shows how much fresh foods have declined in the time span of 80 years. In the next 80 years the numbers could become much, much smaller. Food varieties extinction is happening all over the world—and it's happening fast. In the United States an estimated 90 percent of our historic fruit and vegetable varieties have vanished. Of the 7,000 apple varieties that were grown in the 1800s, fewer than a hundred remain. In the Philippines thousands of varieties of rice once thrived; now only up to a hundred are grown there. In China 90 percent of the wheat varieties cultivated just a century ago have disappeared. Experts estimate that we have lost more than half of the world's food...