Every human on earth would have been allotted approximately 3.83 pounds, 1.74 kilograms, of food per day if all food produced was evenly shared in global cooperation among all humans in 2004. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, published estimates for global food production in 2004 was approximately 4.053 billion metric tons of fruit, vegetable, meat and seafood combined. World census data estimated the global human population for mid-year 2004 was approximately 6.392 billion people.
To avoid severely misleading conclusions, this result does not imply that all global citizens could have or should have consumed 3.83 pounds of food everyday of the year in 2004. Consumption at the maximum daily production level by all global citizens would have placed global food supplies at dangerously low or depletion levels. Global production figures represented gross figures and did not necessarily account for deductions for livestock feed, bio-fuels production, emergency food storage allocations, waste, etc. Estimates were presumed to represent raw food weights and cooked foods would have weighed less. Furthermore, younger children would have had daily needs far less than adults, much less than 3.83 pounds per day.
This analysis may suggests that we had the capacity to end world famine at least in 2004, if not earlier. Global leaders and citizens perhaps can rapidly end world famine anytime we desire. Perhaps this analysis highlights our immediate power to prevent and potentially end global famine, permanently. We simply need to recognize that humans decide where to allocate food supplies as higher priorities over famine eradication.
The what’s in it for me mentality is the obstacle. Human beings seek and worship money to the point of allowing others of our own kind to die from preventable global famine conditions. When global leadership and entities of influence become aware of such evidence and of their capacity to act, then an unavoidable passive transformation immediately occurs. The mental awareness of such true conditions along with ones capacity to act are balanced in ones mind. In the end, there will be action or inaction. If there is action, then acting entities provide global leadership. If there is inaction, then capable entities reveal to themselves and to all global citizens their perceived value of human life. It does not matter whether famine-conditioned people are citizens of any particular nation or whether specific beings know them personally. If a famine-conditioned individual becomes within your physical reach, would you provide food if you could? If yes, then how would it be any different when that same person is on the opposite side of this single planet that we all share, while global leadership has the immediate capacity to act? Oh, since that needy person is so far away, does out of sight also mean out of mind and out of heart and out of moral responsibility? Perhaps leadership have higher priorities within their own nation. It is the opinion of the author that no matter how hard any entity, nation or civilization try, they will never realize their full potential until they evolve sufficiently to care for all of their kind. Otherwise, such inequalities will continue to promote injustice, jealousy, revenge and social separations to name only a few negative conditions supported. Furthermore, even those who appear to win by having more that have-not entities are severely unaware of their own evolvement stagnation or decline due to the unequal policies and philosophies they support. It takes much vision and wisdom to fully comprehend such a concept.
The one motive for not ending global famine, possibly today, is money competition. We chose to unnecessarily conduct global distribution of food resources based on the quantity of money one can gain, save and grow while opposing the only sustainable and viable solution to human advancement, global cooperation based on need or equality.
Have global leadership entities considered ongoing global knowledge dissemination regarding world population impact on food availability and global famine? How much of a corrective impact could be realized by simply asking global citizens to voluntarily consider controlling their family growth? Why not directly request all global citizens to carefully consider their capacity to impact global food supplies by choosing to scale down future family sizes and to consider adoptions as a viable means to reduce the global expansion of new births, thus increasing food availability per global citizen? Respecting people by simply asking for cooperation can make a significant difference without resorting to potentially objectionable and illegal population control alternatives. We must not lose our belief in each others capacity to cooperate for our global advancement.
Whether or not 3.83 pounds of food produced daily per global citizen is sufficient to end global famine is not the real issue. The main focus is that leadership should ensure that all global citizens are exempt from famine, even if we had only 2.00 pounds of food daily. Moreover, our global news outlets and public officials are not keeping us fully informed regarding global food production outputs per individual. This frequently updated and disseminated knowledge will stimulate global citizens to speculate how we can best manage foods supplies to care for “all humans in a humane manner for all humanity.” This metric would allow average individuals to better comprehend our capacity to end global famine and to eventually share all foods at zero cost.