Quiz 7: Food and Agriculture

Geology/Geography/Oceanography/Atmospheric Sciences

Answers should reflect an understanding of recent trends-mostly declining in most regions, but stabilizing or even increasing hunger in some regions; in addition, students should understand that the answer depends partly on whether you consider percentage hungry or number of hungry people. How serious this problem is also depends on whether you compare current rates to historical rates, or whether you consider that too many people still suffer from hunger. Thus the answers should compare the many possible ways to evaluate hunger and its trends.

The democratic procedure is reliant on compromise and popularity. Olden time has frequently verified that popularity is not the top sign of suitability. The truth, demands that the scientist look for accurate outlooks of phenomena, rather than support popular outlooks. A small amount of the scientists most respected at present were popular in their lifetimes, since of their tendency to accurate misreading, however we declare these counter-culture persons to be the top of civil servants. Scientists have always been beset by the problem of funding, whether open or secret. When study brings an undesired result support tends to dry up, forcing the scientist to search for funding away or work at a different career. The community is not served when this happens.

As in the previous question, this answer should show familiarity with both the causes and effects of hunger, including natural resources, extent of arable land farming methods, distribution and access, economic factors, land security and other factors. Which factors are easiest to resolve depends in part on students' assumptions about how flexible these different limits might be.