The Most Likely Cause of Global Food Shortages?

At the Millennial Star, Meg Stout talks environment and hunger, things I think we Mormons don’t pay enough attention to:

We have a reason to care particularly about these issues. After all, we believe that mankind is charged with a stewardship of this wonderful world, a fact of which we are reminded (if subtly) each time we attend the temple.

“And it came to pass that … Adam began to till the earth, and to have dominion over all the beasts of the field, and to eat his bread by the sweat of his brow, as I the Lord had commanded him. And Eve, also, his wife, did labor with him.”

She goes on to explain that the key to preventing hunger is dealing with the problem of not enough water.Continue reading

Water is the key. The amount of fresh water available cannot increase substantially and is arguably decreasing.

Possible solutions including making do with less, reducing the world population, or this:

But I think the most powerful thing we can do, that all of us can do each and every day, is reduce our consumption of foods and agricultural products that require a lot of water.

She then argues that the Word of Wisdom is actually a reasonably consistent guide to food and drinks that do not require a lot of water to produce. Who knew?

Fascinating post–a topic I’ve never given any thought to. And kudos to Meg for turning our attention to environmental issues. I fear that as Mormons we neglect these issues because we’re expecting the Apocalypse–why care for our environmental stewardship when it will all be over soon? And yet I believe that caring for what we’ve been given is one of the most important ways we develop Godlike characteristics.

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