“FSMC Meals” | Photo by Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) via Creative Commons
I started posting on Facebook on Jan. 17, 2012, about the coming global famine with the article: “How Sorsogon and the Philippines Can Mitigate the Coming Worldwide Famine Caused By Climate Change & Pandemics.” I summarized it in the Facebook Note section that I last edited on Apr. 18, 2014.
At the same time, I included my thoughts on revisiting “The Nightmare of Famine & Will There Be Enough?” — an article that appeared in the National Geographic (NatGeo) issue in July 1975. It mentioned that in 1972, “typhoons and drought slashed harvest in the P.H.” I wrote that “our country is part of a ‘tropical’ swath called the hunger belt.’ I reminded readers that in 1972, the Philippines population was just around 26.3 million. In 2012, we had more than 100 million Filipinos and counting.
I told my Facebook friends that I kept the 1975 issue of the NatGeo magazine and treasured it. Because even in the 1970s, I could see how the lack of food and the absence of food-storage sites in the Philippines made the lives of poor people more miserable. Besides, I could have it as an instant reference in writing (or speaking) about the coming global famine, which is sure to come. We do not know when it will happen universally, but local food shortages are occurring periodically now, especially in the pandemic’s trying times.
The cover story of NatGeo’s issue of May 2014, “The New Food Revolution,” had the lead paragraph which says: “By 2050 we’ll need to feed two billion more people. This special eight-month series explores how we can do that — without overwhelming the planet.”
“As the NatGeo Magazine said, the world might be overwhelmed by an additional two billion more mouths to feed by 2050.”
Note that I was ahead of NatGeo’s 2014 food revolution story by seven years. And by two years, with the topic of “worldwide famine caused by Climate Change” and four years with the pandemic’s account. Regarding health issues, it was an open secret even in 2012 that “a global pandemic could erupt any years.” — as medical experts and scientists have been warning the leading countries’ policy and decision-makers of such an occurrence. I was not prophetic but only made an educated guess.
As the NatGeo Magazine said, the world might be overwhelmed by an additional two billion more mouths to feed by 2050. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said that Mexico could become the “world’s fifth-biggest economy by 2050.” President Biden can create a legacy — as these series of articles suggest –by helping Mexico become an economic power by 2050. Mexico can also be a food granary of the world that year or even earlier — with the assistance of Hispanic Americans, Hispanic Asians, and Filipino Americans, as can be laid out by a Biden Doctrine.
“Yes, President Biden can serve only for two terms. But he can prepare for the coming global famine by first helping Mexico and Canada join the U.S. in making North America the world’s primary sources of food supplies and reserves.”
Yes, President Biden can serve only for two terms. But he can prepare for the coming global famine by first helping Mexico and Canada join the U.S. in making North America the world’s primary sources of food supplies and reserves. As the world’s fifth-biggest economic power, Mexico can become the lead country in Central and South America and the Caribbean in food production and storage.
A 3-Part Series on “FOOD” in 2007
On May 23, 2007, I began a series of articles on “FOOD,” an acronym I coined to mean “Filipino Outreach by Overseas Donors.” The first had this ambitious title, “Reinventing the Overseas-Filipino Diet.” The second article, “Inventing the ‘FOOD’ for the World (Part II),” and third, “Turning the FOOD Into Food Production (Part III).”
In my opening paragraph of the series, I wrote about the ideas of Conrado Pascual, Sr. who earned his Master’s degree in Maternal and Child Care from Harvard University. He also earned his degree in medicine from the University of the Philippines and practiced as a pediatrician. But he chose to serve the Philippine government as an expert in food nutrition. He could have continued to work in the United States and earned 10- 20 times more, but he chose to go back to the homeland and serve his people until his retirement in the 1970s. He was remarkable also for his motto, ‘Give until it hurts.'”
Unfortunately, Dr. Pascual, our family friend, and my sister-in-law’s father-in-law, suffered a massive stroke and eventually died after comatose for several years. But I have kept alive his ideas and discussed them in two more installments of the series. Now I want to “resurrect” Dr. Pascual’s concepts to the U.S., the rest of North America, and beyond the continent.
I also discussed over the radio some of Dr. Pascual’s ideas that I have not written yet. The 2016 radio broadcasts aired in six stations during my unsuccessful campaign for governor of the Province of Sorsogon. My beloved home province could have been the pilot project for the “FOOD” initiative. But Sorsoganon voters preferred the cash offered by vote-buying candidates. They ignored ideas that would lift Sorsogon from the 19th-poorest province (at that year and until now).
I will include the food and nutrition ideas of Dr. Pascual in the forthcoming book “ReVOTElution of H.O.P.E.,” which I plan to consist of several volumes. “ReVOTElution” is a word that I coined in 2007, and it means a “revolution done by the peaceful and orderly exercise of suffrage.” And “H.O.P.E.” means “Helping Other People Everywhere.”
An Invitation to Readers
I am inviting readers to write an “executive summary” of (and their brief comment about) the links stated in “The Straphanger.” The summaries (ideally at 700-words or less) will also be published with the relevant linked full article, further edited. Readers that accept this invitation will be named “co-authors” of the said book projects. If the planned books win awards like the Pulitzer Prize or even the Nobel Prize for Literature, co-authors will be honored. And, ahem, in the cash award, too. A Nobel Prize comes with a $1.2 million bonus.
“If humanity does not act fast, there will be food riots soon in many countries, and the results will be “Beyond Forgetting,” …”
Please stay tuned, as the next edition of this column will talk about the “food-production” plans of the “Pueblo Filipino” retirement enclave for Filipino-American and other North American retirees.
Hopefully, Dr. Pascual’s suggestions (of residences or even condo units designed to produce mushrooms, asparagus, bean sprouts, and even fish for the table), which he shared with me, were implemented in Mexico. Yes, before the Philipines and the south of the border, copy these suggestions. We have to produce abundant food at a faster phase and more affordable. If humanity does not act fast, there will be food riots soon in many countries, and the results will be “Beyond Forgetting,” to use the title of Rolando A. Carbonell’s book of Filipino poetry.