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If you appreciated the depth and level of detail of the now classic infographically animated The Credit of Crisis - Visualized, you will probably also like the following! "How to Feed the World?" [dvanw.com] explains in more than 8 minutes the intrinsic issues involved with international food dependence and the existing regional differences of food intake, in both quantity as quality.

For instance, in Europe, people have access to a varied, large diet, while the available (affordable?) food in Africa does not cover the normal human needs, causing African people to die about 20 years younger on average. What are the reasons for this injustice? You can watch the answer in the movie below.

The movie even discusses the feasibility of some potential solutions, such as increasing the cultivated land area, increasing the yield of a given agricultural area, increasing the use of organic products, introducing innovative watering techniques, and so on, and finishes with a concrete recommendation of where you have the ability to make a difference.

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Talking about everyone in the third person conceals this is about us and them. Tell the story in their voice and see what changes?

Fri 12 Mar 2010 at 8:40 PM

Nice overview of the problem, and good to hear an empowering message.

I guess it makes sense to mention the info video published by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries that was featured on infosthetics a while back. Similar problem, but from the "us" perspective: http://infosthetics.com/archives/2008/11/japanese_infographic_video_ensuring_the_future_of_food.html

Fri 12 Mar 2010 at 11:25 PM
Jake

Phenomenal video!

For more information on the health benefits of eating plant-based protein versus animal-based, read 'The China Study' - thechinastudy.com

Sat 13 Mar 2010 at 5:05 AM

Impressive infographics, but illustrating a simplistic thesis. The problem is political, not agricultural. There is enough arable land to potentially feed everyone. It's not that the global north is eating all the food or using all the land so there's none left over. The global south is in need of political change so the people there can benefit from better infrastructure, irrigation, and economic justice. As the famines in North Korea show (not a problem in South Korea) lack of food is often primarily political... a fact not addressed at all in this video.

Sat 13 Mar 2010 at 5:58 PM
Neil

Thanks very much for these links to another round of impressive infographics. Will put them into my Data Visualisation References list (hat tip infosthetics). I know why I keep coming back here regularly ...

Mon 15 Mar 2010 at 11:16 PM

This is misleading. The problem is political and cultural, not agrarian.

Fri 26 Mar 2010 at 2:23 PM

It's correct to say that the problem is political and cultural (and economic). But that is *exactly* what the video is saying! It's clear we have the *capacity* to feed everyone, but the political/economic frameworks in place are creating unintended consequences. The point of the video is that the northern hemisphere, wealthy countries can have a positive impact on these forces by how we behave. By changing some of our own somewhat destructive and selfish habits, we can impact international economics regarding supply and demand that will enable poorer countries to retool their economies to a more sustainable framework. Obviously this effect can and will be hampered or ameliorated by perverse or corrupt political regimes - but (1) that is occurs regularly in fewer and fewer places, and (2) is beside the point in terms of our own countries' ethical and moral obligations regarding sustainable and responsible behavior.

Fri 26 Mar 2010 at 3:19 PM
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