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    Our distant ancestors lived an existence as hunters and gatherers. Population numbers were probably less than 10 million. However, as agriculture was introduced, communities evolved that could support more people.

    Around 1800, population reached one billion people. Today, there are over 6.1 billion people on Earth.

    Hunger is a major issue for Third World countries. Much higher annual growth occurs in less developed countries than in higher developed countries.

    Does the United States grow enough food to feed everyone on the planet? Is there enough food being donated? What are issues related to food donations?

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    When I listen to those who say we must intensify and bioengineer agriculture to feed the world, I notice that they are basing their arguments on three big assumptions: 1. It will take a lot more food to feed the world. 2. More-intensive industrial agriculture can produce a lot more food. 3. Organic farming cannot produce lot of food.

    But when I look at the evidence, I find little support for any of those claims. In fact we already grow enough food to feed everyone; the excess simply is not distributed where it is needed.
    Forty years ago, the world's average wheat yield was half a ton per acre. Now it is 1.2 tons per acre. French farmers average 3.2. The highest recorded yield on a single farm is 6.4. Those staggering increases sound promising until you study the numbers behind the numbers.

    Not Enough Food?
    Maybe it's time to think again. Huge number of people, mostly children who are dying around the world daily because of the causes related to hunger. And that's just the beginning. The United Nations predicts that today's world population of 6 billion people will jump to 9 billion by 2030.

    It seems utterly logical, then, that more food is needed. But when you look beyond these daunting numbers, you find that the world's farmers already grow enough to feed us all.

    The amount of grain produced in the world last year ...

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    This solution details what the food requirements on earth are and their fulfillment by U.S now and in the future. Other topics including food donation are also detailed in this solution.