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Alternative ways to conquer starvation in the world
I have been thinking a lot of ways to solve the issue of stavation. With over 900 million people starving people on Earth, this is a real big issue, and a shame on humanity. Currently, according to my research, there are only to ways that this issue is being dealt with; donations of food, and growing plants. Although I would love noone to starve, donations are highly inefficient, because it is not sustainable, and donations needs to be sent constantly, and also, they are phsycologily destructive, because it diempowers people by constantly having to ask for food and they are not able to produce it on their own. Growing plants are somewhat better, because they are self sustainable, but in isolated desert areas, like for example the middle of the Sahara desert, they are just too expensive to create.
After lots of thinking I have come up with two primary ways that are both cost efficient and self sustainable. Below I will briefly discribe the two ways. At the end of this article, I welcome all comments and suggestions.
Areas with some soil
The first way is for areas where there is still soil, although not of high quality. In those areas a lot of earthworms could be introduced. First all the tools needed to create the system is transported there, and those who will use the system will dig holes for free, dump the earthworms there, and then dump back the earth on them. Earthworms will automatically improve the soil in two ways, by eathing earth, they make soil less dense, and more airy. This could naturally very slowly increase the natural plants that grow there, although that is not the point and not the primary food source. What these earth excrete fertilises the soil. This could naturally very slowly increase the natural plants that grow there, although that is not the point and not the primary food source. Again, this is for areas that are not completely arid, and desertlike. After the earthworms are in the soil, we put chicken and a few roosters. They produce eggs, of which some could be eaten, the others should be left to hatch so the chicken and rooster population is maintained, or even grow very slowly. We don't want their population to increase, because then they would eat up their possibly only food source, earthworms. After this the system is self sustainable, and the tools needed for the creation of the system should be transported away and used to create the same system elsewhere
Desert and semidesert areas
In desert areas, where there are only rocks or sand, although it would be great, we should completely forget about greening. What we should do is, we should create artificial water reservoirs. It is important that it is in some sort of container, because we don't want the water just to be absorbed by the sand. After the water reservoir is built we should fill it up with ocean water. It is very important that we do not desalinate, and turn the salt water to fresh water, because it would increase cost by too much. After the water from the oceans fills up the large containers, we should create a simple, self sustainable, ecosystem, first we introduce algea from the ocean, then plankton (those microscopic shrimp like creatures). After that We should introduce fish that reproduce very quickly and eat the plankton (planktons eat each other, algea, and bacteria). Of course, those fish should be from the oceans. People could then catch the fish, and eat those. The water from these reservoirs occasionally are needed to be replenished due to evaporation. That evaporation over a few centuries could increase rainfall in the desert, which would create more oases to grow aridity resistant plants for food. Also, all those water from the oceans could decrease ocean levels by a few inches or millimeters. This might seem a bold claim, but remember that deserts and arid regions span from western Africa (Sahara) all the way to northern central China (Gobi), most of Australia is desert, and there are many smaller deserts in USA, Mexico, and Chile; about a fouth or fifth of the land area on earth is desert, or semidesert. We will need a lot of water reservoirs, but theye are self sustainable.
Finally, you might think I'm stingy with money, when I talk about spending as little money as possible for each local ecosystems describe above, but we need to help as many starving people with each dollar spent as possible.