THE FOOD BASKET
The latest art exhibition by Paula van Coller-Louw, deals with food security. South Africa has enough food to feed its entire population, and yet many people, especially the poor in the rural areas, remain vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition.
According to world and regional rankings for death by food shortages, South Africa rates 30th out of 192 countries in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that one third of the world is well-fed, one – third is under fed and one-third is starving.
A household is considered food-secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation. How can we contribute and secure food security?
In 500 BC, an anonymous Chinese poet, wrote:
If you are thinking a year ahead, sow seed
If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree
If you are thinking hundred years ahead, educate the people.
One of my first lessons in science was how to grow broad beans in cotton wool. Today I have my own fruit, vegetable and herb garden. When people understand the reasons behind hunger in their country and learn how to eradicate it.
National Geographic, July 2011,Food Ark by Charles Siebert
A Crisis is looming: To feed our growing
population, we’ll need to double food production.
Yet crop yields aren’t increasing fast enough,
and climate change and new diseases threaten
the limited varieties we’ve come depend
on for food. Luckily we still have the seeds
and breeds to ensure our future food supply-
but we must take steps to save them.