The chief of the world food program is now warning that a famine of “biblical proportions” may be set to sweep the world due the the economic disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. As The Guardian reports:
The world is facing widespread famine “of biblical proportions” because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chief of the UN’s food relief agency has warned, with a short time to act before hundreds of millions starve.
More than 30 countries in the developing world could experience widespread famine, and in 10 of those countries there are already more than 1 million people on the brink of starvation, said David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme.
“We are not talking about people going to bed hungry,” he told the Guardian in an interview. “We are talking about extreme conditions, emergency status – people literally marching to the brink of starvation. If we don’t get food to people, people will die.”
…But the Covid-19 pandemic, which no one could have foreseen, has “taken us to uncharted territory”, he said. “Now, my goodness, this is a perfect storm. We are looking at widespread famines of biblical proportions.”
With the world’s food supply system in chaos as farm and industrial workers staying home to avoid infection, the hundreds of thousands already dead from the virus may pale in comparison to the devastation wreaked by the lockdown’s economic effects.