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Food Security—A Commentary: What Is It and Why Is It So Complicated?
Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), Colina de Mong-Ha, Macao, China
Received: 29 October 2012; in revised form: 16 November 2012 / Accepted: 28 November 2012 / Published: 3 December 2012
Abstract: Every year over 10 million people die of hunger and hunger related diseases. Nearly six million of these are children under the age of five; that is one child’s death approximately every six seconds. Understanding how this still occurs amid the ever increasing social enlightenment of the 21st century—and under the auspices of a vigilant global developmental community—is one of the key challenges of our time. The science of food security aims to address such concerns. By understanding the multiplicity of the phenomenon, practitioners of global multilateral hegemony seek to shape appropriate policy to address these issues. The difficulty however is that the phenomenon is increasingly wrapped up inside an ever growing bundle of societal aspirations including inter-alia under-nutrition, poverty, sustainability, free trade, national self sufficiency, reducing female subjugation and so on. Any solutions therefore, involve fully understanding just what is indeed included, implied, understood or excluded within the food security catchall. Indeed, until such time as consensus can be found that adequately binds the phenomenon within a fixed delineated concept, current efforts to address the multitude of often divergent threads only serves to dilute efforts and confound attempts to once-and-for-all bring these unacceptable figures under control.
Keywords: food security; famine; hunger; malnutrition; under-nutrition; poverty; sustainability; food production
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Gibson, M. Food Security—A Commentary: What Is It and Why Is It So Complicated? Foods 2012, 1, 18-27.
Gibson M. Food Security—A Commentary: What Is It and Why Is It So Complicated? Foods. 2012; 1(1):18-27.
Gibson, Mark. 2012. "Food Security—A Commentary: What Is It and Why Is It So Complicated?" Foods 1, no. 1: 18-27.