11 Jan Food Delivery is a Needed Service
Food delivery is a necessary step to take in a futuristic society. The population has been increasingly becoming higher at rates that seem to be off the charts. For example, just in 1950, the population was not even at three billion. This is an extreme increase to today’s near seven billion people. This is when one must analyze facts about overpopulation. The Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat estimate that nearly ten billion people will be living by the year 2050.
When considering our already serious overpopulation problems, this makes the future of overconsumption look bleak. This many people cannot be trusted with scavenging the land and markets of food. It will become and is becoming government’s role to ration food wisely. If this is not done, consequences are likely to be harsh, but more people do not necessarily mean more problems. In The Lugano Report, Susan George states, “Modern famine responds far more to market forces than to absolute physical scarcities and rarely strikes the well-off” (105). There is power in numbers. When there are more people to perform a service, for example, food delivery, there is more of a market.
Since the problem of population will fall primarily on the market, society must assure that the market is sealed. This means that the market of food delivery would need to be easily accessible and fully ready. For it to become sealed there must be a supply a demand. The supply is here. The resources needed are easily gained, but within the hands of every consumer, the supply can quickly run out and be wasted. This is when large scale farming needs to come into place, assuring enough food for even a surplus of people. David Pimentel explains in his book, “Food, Energy, and Society,” that, “we would need to triple the global food supply in order to meet the basic food needs of the eleven billion people who are expected to be alive. But doing so would require a 1,000 percent increase in the total energy expended in food production” (291).
This simply means that humans need to harness the power that the world supplies, and if it is not done, then society with not be doing enough. Next: the demand. The demand is clearly out there. Not everyone is talking about how society NEEDS food delivery, but the need is approaching quickly and fiercely. Billions of orders are made a year for food, and especially, pizza deliveries. People are clearly opted to buy the use of a delivery service, but the real demand comes from the pure need of the service. This would be a case of a guided, unnatural market, but it will be necessary for such a strong society to fall back on. It is entirely possible to develop as well. Unemployment is at a peak, and people are always looking for jobs. In addition, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Statistical Records Office, there are approximately 62 million registered vehicles in the U.S. Now, there is plenty of workers and means of transportation. Developing a large scale food delivery network is entirely possible.
Lastly, and most importantly, food delivery is convenience that the twenty-first century should not have to live without. Most people, especially in America, experience conveniences never thought possible in earlier times. For example, even in just the year 2000, it is noted that 51% of the U.S. population actually had a computer in their house as stated by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration in the study “Home Computers and Internet Use in the United States: August 2000” (Newburger 1). This extremely important considering one can do just about anything on their computer in present times. The conveniences do not end there. People do not manually wash their clothes, build their cars, or even need to pursue water. To add to the madness, people can communicate with each other at the touch of a hand. This opens the opportunity for just about anybody to access the option of food delivery. If 51% of all Americans own a computer, then they are already secure for ordering food online. The computer is a technological monster in the communication world, and it has only experienced its beginning stages of life. Considering this is not the only option of access, the whole aspect of access seems to be no problem.
Not only do people have computers, but they have phones. It has been said that 32% of the population of America has a cell phone. Many people who do not have computer have a cell phone, and many people who do not have a cell phone have a home phone. Conveniences are something that society is pushing for. The human as his instincts has to worry about few things; food is definitely one of the most vital if not the most important aspect of maintaining life. Even if one does not own a computer, a phone, or a cell phone, society in current times is filled with public access. A person does not need to put forth much of an attempt to achieve conveniences as common as accessing food. All of these way plus many more are great ways of access to food delivery services.
Food delivery and food rationing is clearly a service that is going to be required, especially in a futuristic society as our own and in coming years. Not only is it a service, but it is a solution to many problems that face a futuristic society. It does not matter if food delivery is not needed to solve problems of a crumbling civilization; food delivery is a common accessibility and convenience that should be open for any type of consumer.
By Philip Buchanan