A RECENT series of TV programmes called Harvest gave a vivid portrayal of how capable we are of feeding ourselves.
With a mixture of modern technology and a sympathetic awareness of how nature works, there is a great movement towards producing a variety and quantity of crops to feed us all.
But are we able to take advantage of such bounty?
The divide between rich and poor is increasing within our own society, never mind between the wealthy and more struggling nations.
Food banks are growing in number as more and more people come to rely on them.
Yet how does this happen?
Most people I know are not going around grinding the faces of the poor. Rather the opposite.
There are so many people engaged in trying to make our world a better place to live in.
Charitable causes, community projects, day to day neighbourly concern are high on the list of our practices.
Even the very rich, whether individuals or conglomerates, more often than not have built in charitable expenditure to their budgets.
However, our priorities may still be somewhat askew.
We do rely on material goods more than we did in the past.
We regard a lot of household equipment as necessities when they would have once been deemed luxuries.
At the level of government we are also letting salaries, especially at the lower end, drift way below prices, so such necessities are no longer affordable, yet we often choose them instead of good nourishment, health and shelter.
There is the sense of being lost in a maze without a clear compass.
We need to transfer some of the creative thinking the farmers are using to the way we govern ourselves and the way we live our lives.