05 Oct

How does globalization affect food security today?

Posted By Politybooks

Bryan McDonald blogs on food security in a global age mcdonald

From food riots in Mozambique, Egypt and Haiti to tainted food recalls in the United States and China, questions of food quantity and quality have emerged as critical issues of concern for states, international organizations, and individuals.

Globalization and global change have amplified traditional food security concerns such as chronic malnutrition but have also given rise to new forms of challenges from biotechnology, bioterrorism, and emerging infectious diseases. Food security challenges are made more complex in that they impact and interact with other global security concerns such as reducing conflict and instability, maintaining economic prosperity, and ensuring human rights.

Food related events in recent years highlight the rise of an interconnected global food system that transcends national boundaries: tainted milk powder from China was found in products as far away as the Netherlands, challenges of chronic hunger and obesity have reached crisis levels in many parts of the world, and rising global food prices have fueled unrest and hardship in more than sixty countries in just the past few years.

While global food networks provide opportunities for improving human health and well-being, a full examination reveals considerable challenges to successfully navigating the new global food security landscape to ensure that all people have access to sufficient safe and nutritious food necessary to lead active and healthy lives.

Today’s global food problems emerge out of a complex mix of economic, environmental, political, and social factors that impact what ends up (or doesn’t end up) on people’s plates. These new forms of threat and vulnerability have become increasingly clear to policymakers, experts, and publics. What is less clear is how to effectively address these challenges and improve food security.

Food Security provides a detailed and comprehensive introduction to the major issues impacting global food security including detailed discussions of the need to ensure nutrition, manage global environmental change, and optimize food safety. The book will be of interest to students and scholars in security studies, international politics, and environmental studies as well as general readers who are seeking new perspectives on global food issues.