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A Good Primer On The Food Crisis

  • Mar 2, 2013
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ISBN      1842902415

On Measuring Global Food Crisis-A Multivariate Modelling Approach by

Dr Parvesh K. Chopra discusses the food model inputs, processing and

outputs within an overall mathematical and multivariate statistical superstructure.

The outputs of the model are critical food crisis factors, multiple causal pathways,

the contribution of global agriculture and food systems, food demand side forces,

food supply side forces, food supply side factors, global agricultural market failures

and public sector interventions.


Dr. Chopra discusses the difficulties inherent in keeping pace with the increasing

global demand for food. Global agricultural markets suboptimize or fail according to

the author for a variety of reasons. For instance, the existing food production tends

to be an oligopolistic structure constrained by multi-national agribusiness, food

retail giants, a lack of transparency in food markets, unfair competition and

distortion in the trading of food. Similar observations are made in Food First

by Lappe'.

Dr. Chopra discusses the need to change diets to correct obesity trends.

One of the necessary changes is eating less beef in favor of more fruits

and vegetables which require fewer resources to grow and the use of

less grain. A modified Mediterranean Diet is closer to the ideal with

an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, water and small

portions of lean beef.

Dr. Chopra discusses a trend toward urbanization; wherein, large masses

of people must be fed within a predefined land mass. Historicallly, this

problem was dealt with by increasing the supply of organic food through

"Victory Gardens" under President Truman. Today, neighborhoods

throughout NYC are experimenting with "Roof Farming" in order to

bring cheaper organic foods into the inner cities.

Dr. Chopra discusses increased mortality rates for children under 5 years of age

who are undernourished and underweight in South Asia and the Sub-Sahara Africa.

The author doesn't say so; however, technologies; such as, water desalination

may be utilized along the water boundaries in areas of Africa which abut the Atlantic

Ocean, Indian Ocean, Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea. Water desalination is closer

to commercial feasibility with the advent of solar energy to fuel the desalination plants.

Another challenge is to build enough pipeline infrastructure to transport the water on the

African continent.

On Measuring Global Food Crisis-A Multivariate Modelling Approach by

Dr Parvesh K. Chopra is an important work on the economics of dealing with

food scarcity issues globally. The author discusses important negations which

restrict global advancement due to the oligopolistic structure of the global food

producers. Historically, there have been solutions directed toward communities

growing their own food to deal with scarcity and high pricing. In addition, the

wealthier countries could help move this process forward by contributing

more expertise, food and tax revenues to deal forthrightly with world hunger issues.

Food production has practical implementation issues in advanced countries like

China. Historically, earthquakes and flooding have been complicating factors for

local industry in China. In addition, there has been difficulty in migrating the knowhow

from the coastal areas into the rural areas and yurts in the inner parts of China.

Clearly, Dr. Chopra's analysis must be customized to take into consideration

non-standardized approaches toward food production in countries having

constraining factors which limit or make more difficult the production of food

for the masses. Another important source of food comes from the oceans.

Seafood is a huge potential supply area-particularly for South Asia and the

boundary areas of Africa. To fully exploit this option, ocean dumping must

be well controlled in order to protect the integrity of the oceans for food


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