the common man

Maize
All things being equal the common man could have 139.5 kg/yr. Most corn however never makes it to a mouth, it ends up wasted, in paint, fuel, solvents and animal meat. Once it gets down to humans with things as they are, the average American directly has about 12.07 kg/yr, the average Chinese 7 kg/yr and the average Bangladeshi 0 kg/yr!

The humble spud
All things being equal the common man could have a generous 51.73 kg/yr. Things as they are, the average American has about 51.32 kg/yr, Australian 48 kg/yr and the average Chinese 41.78 kg/yr. Spuds are pretty fucking egalitarian insofar as taking what is due! We could maybe shift a few to our friends in Ethiopia sitting on a meager 6.14 kg/yr.

Apples
All things being equal the common man could have a generous 10.86 kg/yr. Things as they are, the average American has about 23 kg/yr and the average Chinese 21.42 kg/yr. They do grow a fair few but that’s just greedy man.

This list will grow as will comparative charts as more specific commodity posts with more detail are added to the blog…

 

 

 

Primary Sources
Population: http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ (an amalgam of UN and US census data projections)
Food: http://faostat3.fao.org

*Disclaimer
General calculations are straight division and based on population from link at time of post with no reverance to production locale, however, the commodities chosen are mostly staples that are generally used worldwide and ship well. These numbers are huge and only as accurate and available as they can be. Of course these numbers cannot all continue in a linear fashion. Variance in crop yields or total collapse will be due to lack of resilience from loss of genetic diversity and monoculture, desertification, deforestation, soil toxicity, weather, and a myriad of other factors. The point is, in general, there is plenty and if we got our collective shit together and stood up to the bastards pushing the dead model of waste, control, externalising costs and extraction for profit we could possibly be more resilient to such crises and could increase food diversity and sustainable livelihoods while balancing population and higher quality food to meet nutritional intake needs. We should absolutely be asking where things comes from, as well as how and by whom they are being controlled and sold. When you walk into a supermarket, you have essentially already lost in the following potential ways: workers rights literally right next to you in the shop, waste all the way down the supply chain, over processed rubbish with insane amounts of hidden uncompensated embedded environmental costs (water, palm, rape, meat, dairy), price pressures and scale ruining producers, land and human displacement, slave and plantation labour, and a menagerie of other poor practices. Throwing that one Fairtrade labelled item in your trolley sadly, ain’t doing shit.