Archive for January 23, 2012

Feeding Our Hungry World

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 23, 2012 by stevemccurry

Part II

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Fisherman on Inle Lake, Myanmar/Burma

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Afghanistan

The sea’s our field of harvest,
Its scaly tribes our grain;
We’ll reap the teeming waters
As at home they reap the plain.
– John Greenleaf Whittier

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Pago, Myanmar/Burma

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Barley Fields, Kandze, Tibet

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Rice paddies, Tibet

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Tawi-Tawi, Philippines

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Goa, Western India 

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Cultivating Potatoes, Bamiyan, Afghanistan 

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Weligama, Sri Lanka

It is estimated that 20% of the world’s population depend upon fish for their survival.
Half of the world depends on rice.
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Myanmar/Burma
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Sri Lanka 
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous
and the storm terrible,

but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
- Vincent Van Gogh
 
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India 

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Cambodia 

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Japan

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Mali 

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Philippines 

The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the
terrestrial globe.
 Its breath is pure and healthy.
It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely,
for he feels life stirring on all sides.
- Jules Verne
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Sri Lanka

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Dal Lake, Srinigar, Kashmir 

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Burma/Myanmar

In 40 years, the global population is expected to swell by
2 billion,
so rice, today the fastest growing staple which
feeds more than half the world’s population,
will become
increasingly important to global food security.

- Pamela Whitby, BBC, The Race for Rice, 2011

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Rice paddy fields, Banaue, Philippines 

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Nepal

The first farmer was the first person.
All historic nobility rests on the possession and
use of land.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Rice paddies, Thailand

Rice has fed more people over a longer period of time
than has any other crop in human history.
Rice: Then and Now”
by R.E. Huke and E.H. Huke

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Java, Indonesia
Woman working in a field devastated by volcanic debris and flood waters

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Farmer, Baluchistan, Pakistan

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Nepal 

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power;
let fortune’s bubbles rise and fall;
who sows a field, or trains a flower,
or plants a tree, is more than all.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

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Niger

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Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens.
They are the most vigorous, the most independant, the
most virtuous, and they are tied to their country
and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.
- Thomas Jefferson

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Pakistan

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Luzon, Philippines

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Shibam, Wadi Hadhramaut, Yemen

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Afghanistan

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

The Amish farm as they have for hundreds
of years.  They believe that working with the soil,
raising livestock, and
growing their own food is
cooperating with God’s purposes.

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The bounty of harvests in Kashmir 

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Agra, India

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Niger 

The Farmer
Each day I go into the fields
to see what is growing
and what remains to be done.
It is always the same thing: nothing
is growing, everything needs to be done.
Plow, harrow, disc, water, pray
till my bones ache and hands rub
blood-raw with honest labor—
all that grows is the slow
intransigent intensity of need.
I have sown my seed on soil
guaranteed by poverty to fail.
But I don’t complain—except
to passersby who ask me why
I work such barren earth.
They would not understand me
if I stooped to lift a rock
and hold it like a child, or laughed,
or told them it is their poverty
I labor to relieve. For them,
I complain. A farmer of dreams
knows how to pretend. A farmer of dreams
knows what it means to be patient.
Each day I go into the fields.
– W.D. Ehrhart

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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