Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I am just Famished (Famine)

Famine has been a part of human fear and sorrow as long as humans have existed.  And while it isn't comforting to know that, there are reasons that famine has remained with humanity despite the fact that humans can and do produce more food per acre.  Militaries use food safety as a weapon in war, and governments allow people who are less important than some, suffer the consequences of their lack of importance.  The modern world faces soil degradation, bee hive collapse, and other new challenges.  The future can be seen as dangerously close to apocalyptic. 

There are not many fictional books about famine as a central theme, but as part of a world dying of hunger, there are some.  And it isn't that the subject is too dark for consideration.  Mostly the subject is just hard to make seem immediate.  Consider the difference between a war film and a film with people dying of hunger.  One has a theme of action, emotions of fear, sorrow, worry, whereas the other has hunger, grieving, and death.

In the United States during the Dust Bowl and Depression, many Americans were hungry.  They experienced weather that turned dry, and soil that couldn't produce like it had.  Kings in Disguise is a graphic novel telling a story about life in that era.

"A famine is a widespread scarcity of food, caused by several factors including crop failure, population imbalance, or government policies. This phenomenon is usually accompanied or followed by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality."  Source Wikipedia



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