Utah State University Faculty Honor Lectures
The Faculty Association, Utah State University
Food, nutrition, and health - and their complex interrelationships - are necessities of life. Basically, nutrition depends on food; health depends on nutrition. Everyone needs to have enough good quality food to sustain himself. Satisfying that need on a world basis must be of concern to each of us.
Although accurate data are lacking, it is estimated that more than two-thirds of today's world population is afflicted by hunger and/ or malnutrition. Almost 300 million children are suffering physical and, probably, mental damage because of insufficient food. This evidence points to one of two conclusions: we have either too many people, or not enough food. If the former is our problem, what are the means of controlling population, and what obstacles stand in our way? If it is the latter, how do we get more food? The world food problem is not merely a question of inadequate supplies or clinical starvation. It also encompasses those who are malnourished and do not know it, and those for whom the mechanism of distribution has broken down.
Salunkhe, D. K., "Food, Nutrition, and Health, Problems and Prospects" (1974). Faculty Honor Lectures. Paper 69.