There is a food crisis. According to the ONE Campaign,
In three years, prices for the basic staples that feed the world — wheat, rice and corn — have risen by a staggering 83%. For people in the developing world, affording enough food to eat is becoming a daily struggle for survival.
If you want it spelled out, this means food’s getting too expensive for people to have the means to buy it. The reason? Not lack of food supplies worldwide. For the world taken as a whole, overpopulation is not a problem:
Never before in history has hunger become a global threat in a period of plentiful harvests. Global rice production will hit a record of 423 million tons in the 2007–2008 crop year, enough to satisfy global demand. The trouble is that only 7% of the world’s rice supply is exported, because local demand is met by local production. Any significant increase in rice stockpiles cuts deeply into available supply for export, leading to a spike in prices. Because such a small proportion of the global rice supply trades, the monetary shock from the weak dollar was sufficient to more than double its price. (Asia Times Online)
The problem, then, is distribution, and the repercussions are frightening for those who cannot afford food and sobering for those of us who can. The culprit is the inflation of the U.S. dollar, which has now become so weakened that people, realizing that the American dollar is overvalued and unstable, have turned to essential commodities instead:
China is exchanging its depreciating reserves of US dollars for things of value, notably rice, with frightening consequences for dependent countries […]. (Asia Times Online)
Oh, yes, America and Europe, your fiscal irresponsibility, not overpopulation, is the problem. Stop whining about how “irresponsible, uneducated poor people” — though you don’t say it that way, since you’re politically correct — are having too many kids. Kids are not the problem. Population not the problem. Malthus is wrong. You are wrong.
You pursue the American Dream, you pursue stockpiles of fool’s gold. Then, when your folly catches up to you, you want the state to cover you while the rest of the world starves. I think this is called discipline and responsibility. Oh, most blessed are you, enlightened Westerners and Chinese people in the West, for your wisdom and your ability to make money. May you rot unburied if you do not turn from your twisted pursuits.
But really, we have to resolve this, not just by promising aid and more money but by changing the things we do that can create such waves in the rest of the world. We may even — gasp! — have to do things we don’t like doing, in order to avoid bringing catastrophe upon others. Are we ready to change our habits or our plans for the sake of other people?