Is there a current or imminent global food shortage?

Michael Tobis, editor-in-chief of Planet3.0, writes about the difference between food shortages, and food inequity, stating that “the problem is not that supply doesn’t meet need. It’s that in an unconstrained free market for food, poor people starve because rich people can afford and want enormous quantities of animal protein.”

Tobis furthers his argument by saying that “the ethical considerations of animal rights in feedlot production aside (the animals are clearly living lives of unremitting misery) the economics of the situation are fundamentally such that, in a world of rich countries and poor countries, where tradeoffs are entirely individual, human suffering ensues.