Friday, 18 November 2011

Food shortage, Food Stamps, Hunger! America is fighting

    Few months ago, there had been media reports that millions of people had encountered the hunger, famine and drought in Somalia. The drought which was one of the most engraving in the last 60th years had ravaged the country Somalia. No rain, no crops, fields dried up, peoples’ misery and suffering due to onslaught of harsh nature.     Thousands had to flee from their place of birth for safer places for what? It was for Food, shelter and water.
    In the 21st century, can it be imaginable? But, it is happening, it has really happened. Memories are still fresh, how miserably people of Somalia suffered. There was an incident “A mother lost her children on the long journey for search of safer place”.
   Such was the magnitude of famine that affected in Somalia due drought. World was at Somalia, U.N, FAO and many guardians (I say so) countries came out openly to help the hapless famine ravaged people of Somalia. The country is still to cope up from the harsh natural climate that the Mother Nature had brought in Somalia, the African country.
    Now-a-days starving, food shortage are the news that has constantly been aired around the world, statistics showing which country, how many people and children are affected etc. Our all buzzes, bustling cities, luxurious life, everything seems to be a show, drama and artificial. It is simply because; we are fluttering very high without bothering to see the underneath that is the house of play cards.
     On November 9, 2011 at 9.10 PM, Yahoo has presented one of the sorry states of condition of America and her people.
   I have never been to America or more accurately, did not ever have that privileged moments to visit America. What I know about America is very little and superficial. I could only see and feel the beautiful city, sky scrapers, and beautiful people with highly fashionable dress through television. What more I know are; it is developed country with intelligent people, people of exploration, NASA, Space shuttle etc.
    But, Yahoo has really bemused me a lot! Reason, the country like America is marking the November 23, 2011 as beginning of Hunger and Homelessness awareness week across country. The country like America is creating awareness for Hunger across the country is really a matter of introspection that how our primary sector is performing or is it pushed back to sideline? What I feel is; in some way or other agriculture sector is in stress and if this is the case then it is simply the result of flawed approach in our primary sector that we have to suffer now.
    Yahoo in its article titled “Yahoo! search trends: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week” has presented that the searches for word “Food Bank” on Yahoo! is ten times higher than that of 2010. Of this total searches (since August), thirty six percentage are said to be coming from kids under the age group of 18 years.
   States like Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois and New Jersey have reported maximum searches for “food stamps” according to Yahoo! What does it indicate? It is the sign of suffering.
     Now, if America, a formidable name in the world fighting for hunger is something contrary as far as my expectation is concerned. Where did America fail? Of course, many things are pointed out or presumed that it was due to post recession economic instability and sky rocketing food and commodity prices that created a set back so is the present condition.
     But, how do you co-relate all these with present situation? Whether it was the shortage of food availability in the locality or people have less purchasing power that is making this problem? Whether country is heavily dependant on imported food staff? But, what I know is; Americans are always known to be one step ahead in up-grading themselves so that should not be the case.
     What I suspect is; in the name of science and technological advancement, we tend to forget the basic thing that is our primary sector. It is the general trends that technology implies and it is more suited to micro chips, semi conductor and people tend to relate with those highly sophisticated things only.
     Agriculture! It is so simple and ordinary thing, nothing special. This is the general tendency and if this tendency and mind set remains, there would be a time and situation of uncountable problems that we have to face in our life times.

  So first build the basic then go for classic.

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