The latest edition of Sublime Magazine will soon be available. As ever, an informative and inspiring read, so do check it out.
For my part, I’ve been researching the global food crisis, which was both shocking and enlightening. There’s a few lines below to give you a feel, but do track down a copy of the magazine to read the rest – you won’t be disappointed!
We have almost certainly reached a tipping point in human history. If it hasn’t happened already, at some stage in the near future, probably in a developing country, a family will leave their rural life behind and travel to a nearby town or city seeking a brighter future. At that moment, more than half the world’s population (3.3 billion) will be living in urban environments. But this ‘moment’ is simply part of a continuum that has been taking place for millennia. Though many long-established urbanites may still have a sense of wanderlust, (and accepting that millions still live on the land as subsistence farmers), the fact is the history of humankind is one of ongoing settlement and urbanisation. Year on year, the majority of us are moving further away from a rural, food-producing existence to become urban consumers. On the whole, humanity’s urge and aspiration is to give up on a nomadic lifestyle; to leave behind the land and the vagaries of the changing seasons for the ‘greener [more predictable] grass’ of the urban landscape. People are opting for geographical permanence and desiring to contribute to the development of structures that can protect us from the extremities of the elements, and infrastructure that allows for the practice and flourishing of those peculiarly human inventions: business and commerce.
This tipping point has also coincided with another, not unrelated ‘moment’ in human history: a global food crisis that is being described by the World Food Programme as ‘the new face of hunger’. For this is not a crisis familiar to those of us who might be considered the Live Aid Generation, which has so often witnessed the localised starvation of millions of the world’s rural poor through lack of the availability of food due to drought and crop failure. Rather, this is a global phenomenon generated by what can only be seen as a ‘perfect storm’ of converging economic, political, social and natural systems and events, which have seen millions added to the world’s hungry at a time when, according to the United Nations, there is enough food being grown to meet the needs of everyone.