Population Philippines: Too many mouths to feed?

The program “Marketplace” featured a series of reports on food challenges we will face as the world population continues to grow. There are 7 billion people living on the planet today, and according to the United Nations, there will be another 2 billion by the middle of this century.

The Marketplace program, Food for 9 Billion, is a collaboration of Marketplace, Homeland Productions, PBS NEWSHOUR and the Center for Investigative Reporting.  It examines the challenge of feeding the world at a time of growing population, shrinking land and water resources, climate changes and rising food and energy prices.

The Philippines — where more than 2 million babies are born every year — is one of the countries featured in the program series.  The report by Sam Eaton starts:

There’s a saying in the Philippines, “pantawid gutom.” It means to “cross the hunger.” When a family can’t afford rice, they’ll water down a pack of instant noodles or feed their  babies brown sugar dissolved in water to ease the hunger pangs. The fact that this saying even exists should tell you something about what it means to be poor here. Clarissa Canayong is 42 years old. She has 10 surviving children — the youngest only a year old. And she lives in an urban Manila slum called Vitas, at the edge of a garbage dump.

Population growth among the poor in the Philippines, where birth control remains largely out of reach, is about four times higher than the rest of the country.
– Sam Eaton/Marketplace

Click here to listen to the radio broadcast, and to view the related videos and photos for the series (http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/food-9-billion/philippines-too-many-mouths).

More than a quarter of the Philippines’ population lives in poverty — many in conditions similar to these.
– Sam Eaton/Marketplace

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4 thoughts on “Population Philippines: Too many mouths to feed?

  1. Hi Ms Jane. I share your passion for human development issues in the Philippines. I am very much hopeful that things will get better throughout my lifetime. That is why I am doing my best to really write about it as much as I can.

    • I applaud and support young Filipinos like you, Mark, who write about, and care about these issues.

      I blog about Philippine-related, development topics, to try and understand why things have not changed for my home country, since leaving the Philippines over 30 years ago…and to try and understand why countries like Brazil (another Catholic majority country), as well as neighboring countries like Thailand and South Korea, have overtaken the Philippines so dramatically in human development indicators.

      As a lola (grandmother), I am deeply concerned about the state of the world, and the future faced by my grandchildren and other young people.

      I am positive we have the capacity to solve our problems…if we know what they are, so keep writing, and doing what you do, Mark.

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