What Unforeseen Barriers Could Hamper the Advancement of Food Security?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 13, 2009
Women Sow Paddy in a Field Near Allahabad India

On June 11, Secretary Clinton spoke at the 2009 World Food Prize announcement ceremony. Secretary Clinton underscored the Obama Administration's commitment to providing leadership in developing a new global approach to ending hunger. Sustainable agriculture will be a central element of U.S. foreign policy.

Secretary Clinton said, " The effects of chronic hunger cannot be overstated. Hunger is not only a physical condition, it is a drain on economic development, a threat to global security, a barrier to health and education, and a trap for the millions of people worldwide who work from sunup to sundown every single day but can barely produce enough food to sustain their lives and the lives of their families...hunger belies our planet's bounty. It challenges our common humanity and resolve. We do have the resources to give every person in the world the tools they need to feed themselves and their children. So the question is not whether we can end hunger, it's whether we will."What unforeseen barriers could hamper the advancement of food security?

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Joellen R.
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Colorado, USA
June 13, 2009

Joellen R. in Colorado writes:

I am running celebration laps around my table to see your words, Secr. Clinton!!!

When I read that food travels an average of 1400 miles, I think this is not sustainable and could hamper the advancement of food security for all. We must also look at food waste in the U.S. which is directly connected with over consumption of fish and so much more. Then there is the polluting of our food sources, our rivers, our oceans, harmful pesticides, and other harmful practices that we are exporting to the world.

steve
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New York, USA
June 13, 2009

Steve in New York writes:

sec.Clinton is absolutly right about having the means to end hunger. im very discusted when witnessing the weaponisation of food as issues for political control&criminal;enterprise. i have also experianced religious wrong doing as far as preferences or church constituents control distribution of charitable food donations. as far as local foodstamp help- soc.servs. make it extremely difficult to recieve this gov. benefit due to unrealistic income levels&employees;of local soc.servs. personal biases. the more u know the more it hurts!

Joseph M.
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Ireland
June 13, 2009

Joseph M. in Ireland writes:

My opinion on the food crops is that they have to more prone to the global environment. Global warming is playing a huge role in dead and failing crops. It is vital that we act now on this situation. Not much nationally but indeed internationally. We much conduct investigations amount crops and share information internationally, as if we are on nation.

Paula
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Germany
June 13, 2009

Paula in Germany writes:

Thank you Ms. Clinton. My admiration grows with every sensible and truthful thing you say :) Please continue to so strongly support and highlight the poor people of this earth.

Kristin
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Tennessee, USA
June 13, 2009

Kristin in Tennessee writes:

For starters, see works by Gustavus Adolphus philosophy professor Lisa Heldke on the subject of food security. She offers very valuable insights and ideas (a perk of critical, philosophical thought as a practice, despite the sadly common perception of philosophy as "unmarketable" and worse, "unvaluable").

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
June 13, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Dipnote Bloggers -- You guys outdid yourselves on asking a virtually impossible question to answer.

If it has happened before, we can forsee it happening again, regardless of how unpredictable any given event may be.

So this rules out most natural disasters as well as man made ones. Variables of climate change included.

Now barring doomsday scenarios (nuclear war, mile wide asteroids,or hostile space invaders), there isn't a whole lot we can't forsee as being barriers to food security.

One thing though that may be unforseen is a lack of workforce capable of planting and bringing in harvests due to virulent disease among the population on a global level.

But even that is being addressed as I write this.

So I'm left with man-made accidents such as Chernobyl that may or not be forseeable in the future.

Joe
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Tennessee, USA
June 13, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

It is not really unforeseeable barriers as nature is something which we donã\'t even deal with effectively here in the United Stated. We show constant indifference to the biblical: Building and rebuilding on a solid foundation.

The largest problems will come in external investments to these developing countries without turning to socialism which will become tyrannical in one manner or another. Africa is the best example as it harbors great natural resources; but excludes its work force by wars which all too often are funded by private corporations and outside countries via bank to maintain separation and unity of the internal governments. The Banque de France that provided the funds and sight drafts for the genocide which occurred in Rwanda is a prime example.

Manipulation of International laws that govern sovereign of existing democratic governments or developing nations by private means is the largest problem, and there seems to be little change in international laws which cause the negotiation of funds for weapons on all levels which create the chaos.

Ron
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New York, USA
June 13, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

The Gleaners.....Hungering for Freedom:

The world's harvesters, mainly impoverished women, are trapped in an economic, political and social prison. Their leaders take huge profits from food trades; and even more from food aid. Billions in stolen wealth can be seized and repatriated to end hunger. I proposed this solution to DoS officials, and they asked; "how would nations divide the seized monies?"..I answered, "what a wonderful problem!"...let's get on with it.

Patrick
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South Carolina, USA
June 14, 2009

Patrick in South Carolina writes:

Rationale, I think its a great idea for this administration to continue support low income countries around the world by provinding food and agriculture assistance if necessary. Its my great admiration to see what this current administration efforts to restore peace, unity, and prosperity that this great country our founding fathers and ancestors have building upon it. May god blessed American and world peace.

palgye
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South Korea
June 14, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to Secretary...

before saying to safety....

nows, ours food system is very stable and lowful than 10years ago (When considers an inflation ratio, of course food price recognizes schedule part led a inflation the thing)

we know "5 major" judges ours food price. yes, it`s makes some trouble. really, i don`t know how to manage our world food chain. just only one know, we can`t break this sysytem if, break, low developing coutries that overflows with the many death from hunger people.

That is like that, from position of operator of the nation completely depends the food policy of the nation at the individual enterprise and to a little to be dangerous the capital which will seem is, more the core first case now mimicry puts up 5 grain major more or respect the food safety of the home country from in food market the too many enterprises to participate, the capital where market oneself will become dangerously also the problem point which is hangs is. - The doubt point was controlled to be well planned and in compliance with some enterprise which maintains the relationship which is organic the market which is spontaneous comes to move in us the separation cold region or, who market of the difficulty venation where the prediction becomes impossibly (to saying, complete competitive market food diatomic we disregard peculiarity and thinks. we become,) , who hits who saying, is difficult to is secret intention thought. -

and, we attention to Africa, yes, so many field is wild and so much people starving, now. we provide money, technology, seed & etc to citizen and some brilliant (younger) leader, they make plantation in Africa(please, don`t making Coup)if, one nation success at this plan, other leaders may resembles that - i don`t forget some African face, very delighting, he get a his house by is caused by as the improvement enterprise in compliance with a new method and in compliance with the income which comes to get...... - and also, other continental is same thing..

Takes off a subject and is the same difficulty thing. In the probably, with gene fabrication same human being appears the thing to be asking our thought which is insufficient about avoiding the method which is harmful. I am thought cuba agriculture policies most were successful. Their organic pus agricultures about safely of the foodstuffs us will dispose how in us and they will do and they will split and thinks they showed well. The application in the farm of course and large scale comes to seem that is difficult immediately. If but, we continuously consume like this one agricultural products, the scale economics becomes accomplished and schedule part will not be solved.

one hours ago, i finished my dinner, if they are not exist, how can?( and, others are protesting now,,forgive me, i`m Opportunist.........)

have a good eating......

ilia
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Puerto Rico
June 17, 2009

Ilia in Puerto Rico writes:

Secretary Clinton's message about food security is very clear. For example, " hunger belies in our planet's bounty. It challenges our humanity and resolve. We do have the resources to give every person in the world the tools they need to feed themselves and their children".

Are some countries running out of food? Yes, those that are very impoverished and cannot help themselves because of bad government and mismanagement, like a ruthless system of rationing of food or because of nature or man-made disasters, such as drought, floods, global warming, wars, civil strife. Yet, there are those who can use their natural resources instead of letting the abundance of agriculture vanish.

In this times of economic harships and world conflicts, I often think about those who are hungry and those persons who have never experienced famine.

Is very shameful that there are goverments in industrialized and prosperous countries who do not care to promote agriculture nor cultivate land and there is no reason not to. They should educate people to respect nature and cultivate the soil with time, patience and effort. Thus it will bring an economic upturn for themselves and in exports. Some goverments are preoccuppied in receiving financial aid from superpowerful nations to advance their political ambitions and convince citizens by offering imported food for a vote that they do not foresee an emergency.

Although, imports are good, for is the trade that binds countries in friendship and diplomacy, a nation should not rely only in imports. If ships do not reach the ports because of an unforeseen barrier there will food shortages. If there is no agriculture, there is no self dependency. A nation's pride is their agriculture. Moreover, those political leaders pride in their achievements. Food only from cans? They do not have no pride. They should make an effective and substancial initiative in their agricultural policies, promoting natural cultivation and harvest.

P.S. They should learn to stock their shelves with supplies in case of food shortages. In this part of this planet where for now I find myself there are only two months in the calendar that hurricanes come around.

palgye
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South Korea
June 18, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to Secretary..

i see the below article at cnn.com

oh, no. it`s miserable. careful.......
(Secretary Hillary Clinton, you are not only yourself.
sorry, just also saying...)

"Prays a quick recovery""Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fractured her right elbow Wednesday during a fall, State Department officials said.

Clinton fell Wednesday afternoon on her way to the White House and was taken to George Washington University Hospital. She was treated and released, and will have surgery to repair her elbow in coming weeks.

"Secretary Clinton appreciates the professionalism and kindness she received from the medical team who treated her this evening and looks forward to resuming her full schedule soon," said Cheryl Mills, a State Department spokeswoman."

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