DeAnza College/CIS2/Summer 2011/Group 1
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Computer Technology Improving to End Hunger
This project will discuss key points that we believe our vast, changing technology can benefit different societies on ending hunger in AMERICA or the WORLD. The problems can relate to causes of hunger by high unemployment rates, single-parent households, lack of education, skyrocketing foreclosures, and a failing economy. All these issues have become the backbone to the poverty problems we face today. We will develop 4 key points on how our technology and computers will change for the greater good in homeless areas and strengthen communities all around the nation or the world. We show facts and links to each point then progress on key sentences about our understanding and how it relates to an event in each of our past.
The outline of what poverty is and different societies it effects are shown in the link. This is a study of these issues and how it is caused.(click next for more info) link:http://www.apa.org/pi/families/poverty.aspx#
Hunger can be ended by having proper production with a great distribution.
The production of:
Agriculture: producing food, how we can export and import, protecting the source of food with technology, making food affordable, and expanding access of food to everyone.
Improvements in biotechnology: GPS locations, Google Earth, phone applications, and social networks around the world. How it biotechnology has made a benefit on food and agrilture, GPS locations to help people be guided to their destinations for food.
The Distribution of:
Communication- spreading the concern to the public, making a change on cultural education to benefit future generations, and increasing more business opportunities for the area growth as well as the economy. Communication can support legislation to increase access to healthy food in low-income communities by passing bills and laws. Help people become aware of global issues and help them become volunteers.
Donations and safe transactions: figuring out how organizations benefit the community such as "Feeding America", “Action Against Hunger” and “The Red Cross”. Corporate responsibility and key events to contribute to those problems.
The power of communication can help organizations work together and figure out issues through planning and organizing problems with hunger throughout different societies. Computers and the Internet can be the gateway to sharing their plans on working together on networking out to other individuals that are elite and have the power to make a change to other societies if they chose to do so.Communications is the transmission of data from one computer to another, or from one technology device to another. Most computers and devices are used for communication, which transfers data. The devices used in today’s time are cables, modems, ports, and even communications software that makes programs possible to transmit data. People today have used so many different ways of communicating that it has benefitted organizations.
How do organizations work together through communication?
The Alliance to End Hunger is one of the most top organizations that networks out to others in each community in the world and impacts roles in congress. The organization has 80 members that are from corporations, non-profit groups, universities, and even different religious groups. They foster strategic partnerships to different places that can contribute to the cause of hunger. They communicate to other people by sharing information and data on how to fix these problems. On March 5th, 2011, the Alliance to End Hunger hosted the first ever National Hunger Free Communities Summit, which had over 200 participants from communities to learn ways to end hunger by sharing their knowledge and practices. They elevate hunger on the national agenda by studying how voters think about hunger, sharing their findings with political leaders, and encouraging champions for hungry people among the elected officials. The system is quite simple for this organization to work together on what needs to be done and how they can through government processing and building a political will.
So what can happen in the future for technology and how does it affect us?
The technology for communication through social networks, websites, and even telephones can be life changing effects for politics and organizations to start the process of taking action for this problem. This gift of communication can be the base for many other developments for ending hunger. For examples, biotechnology, donations, GPS, Unions, and other organizations. In the next few years while the population grows to 7 billion, the issue can grow worse if people don't take any action. Technology would improve money transactions of cash flow by exporting and importing food to countries that need it most. Communication can help organizations set up food drives for places in need, gather high class people interested in the global issues and help fund programs to these issues. All this can affect us by opening potential jobs for people helping these orgnizations and helping those people that fall below the required provety line in households today.
Pros and Cons: Benefits of communication:
Mass Communication Social Relief Accessibility Expediency Specialized Employment
Confidently information at risk Interpet message wrong Normalization of Culture High-tech eavesdropping
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Donations have been occurring for as long as many of us can remember. Back in the old days, people made donations by donating at the local church, going door to door, or by mail. As technology grew, the computer and Internet became a source where people could donate too. The Internet can be used to develop web pages where people can easily donate to organizations that help undeveloped societies in the nation. For those who do not have time to locally donate food or donate by mail, the Internet is a fast and easy way to do so. Feeding America is an example of an organization whose mission is to “feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.” They have different programs designed to help with hunger problems at school, at home, for kids, etc. Everything is listed and it is easy to donate and help end hunger. The Internet provides a tool for transactions and donations to be made on the computer where anyone can help anyone else in the world. Programs like Feeding America evaluate regularly on how their resources are used to help achieve the mission to feed the hungry. The Internet can also provide information about the hunger issues affecting different areas of the United States and why it is important to end hunger. Many of the sites that offer areas to donate to help end hunger also offer a lot of information about the hunger issues and its importance.
Without the Internet and its easy access to information and safe transactions, many people would still have the excuse of not having enough time to go donate to those in need. There are even some sites where if purchases are made online from a certain company, proceeds go to a certain organization. The Internet can be used more in the method of keeping up to date of how each undeveloped city, state, or society is doing. With technology advancing every day, it can be used to figure out what foods certain areas need and what should be exported or grown there.
A lot of places cannot develop the right amount of food due to their climate and economy. Biotechnology can help create better soil and use gene manipulation to help grow food. Through technology and computers, sufficient data and analysis can be stored all together. This can help the research for biotechnology to be viewed by multiple scientist to stress their concerns and contribute their ideas. It also helps compare different genes and DNA in plants to create healthier and nutritious food. Computers help scientists combine and manipulate the genes to create a healthier plant or soil to grow in. Biotechnology is still in the research phase, but as time progresses it has a lot to offer.
Biotechnology is basically using living organisms by the human race. Computers play a big role in assisting scientists in their research in biotechnology. A lot of the tools they use to combine genes and traits are through different computer technology. We use biotechnology to help grow our own crops and breed our own animals. Biotechnology can manipulate genes and traits. Computers compute all the information and help the scientists input the information. By doing so, different crops can be grown in areas they are not suppose to grow in. It can help grow crops that are healthier and pest-resistant.
Scientists have been working through biotechnology to find a way to create those healthier crops to be able to produce in big amounts. They research about certain crops and plants on the computers as well as combining information. There has been talk about using biotechnology to eventually end world hunger. Most poor countries are poor because many of them cannot produce their crops due to bad soil or pesticides. With biotechnology scientists can work to produce a healthier soil or crop to be grown again in their region. It can help crops sustain low and high temperatures, thus causing them to be able to survive through any weather. More plants and crops will be produced that are tastier and healthier.
If scientists continue to work on biotechnology, plants, crops, and animals in the future would not be an issue anymore. If scientists continue to work with biotechnology, who knows what else it could do. Since biotechnology is not mainstream yet, it has yet to be used everywhere. However, in the future biotechnology could definitely help end world hunger as long as scientists continue their research with it. Better soil means more food; more food means less hungry people.
What Is Precision Farming?
In a recent NASA featured article, David Herring answers the question “What is precision farming?“ with the most perfect and mindboggling anecdote. ”Imagine you are a farmer riding along in your 50,000-acre wheat field early in the growing season. You push a button on your tractor to turn on its Global Positioning System (GPS) monitor, which pinpoints your exact location to within one meter. Touching another button, you display a series of Geographical Information System (GIS) maps that show where the soil in your field is moist, where the soil eroded over the winter, and where there are factors within the soil that limit crop growth. Next, you upload remote sensing data, collected just yesterday, that shows where your budding new crop is already thriving and areas where it isn’t. You hit SEND to upload these data into an onboard machine that automatically regulates the application of fertilizer and pesticides—just the right amount and exactly where the chemicals are needed. You sit back and enjoy the ride, saving money as the machines do most of the work. Congratulations, you are among a new generation of growers called precision farmers.”
Why Do We Use It?
Any farmer worth their salt can tell you that every patch of land on the planet is different. Rocky soil, dry soil, clay dirt, you name there is a piece of land with it. As our population grows to epic proportions we need a food supply that is just as large. If biotechnology and genetic engineering plan to increase the production of the individual plant, precision farming aims to increase the production of each acre of land.
There are a multitude of factors that contribute to the growth of a plant, and by extension the yield of a crop. Variables like moisture supply, soil aeration, soil structure, biotic factors, soil reaction, and even the supply of mineral nutrients can be geo-located within the field and used to aid decision making. Many fields are equipped with sensors that can aid the farmer in a number of predictive techniques. The data can be used to alert the farmer to a disease, water stress, and nitrogen stress. There are entire colleges and even a conference about using the wealth of data to their advantage.
According to Trimble, a leading provider of GPS an data management solutions, precision farming helps farmers to be environmentally friendly by becoming more efficient by using less fuel, fertilizer, chemicals, and seed. This improved efficiency will lead to farms that can produce the most food with the least resources.
We Can Help End Hunger
The United Kingdom has been making progress by moving a group with the same view to accomplish ending world hunger. They have done so by having people working together and building funds. They also communicate and teach others to be informed on this major issue.
Computers in our society have made such a change that we are able to work together on preventing hunger before letting it become a bigger issue than it is now. Technology in general has proven to make so many benefits for ending hunger through politics, general elected leaders of Congress, national union leaders, and even non-profit organizations. What people can do today to contribute in stopping hunger is by getting involved in these movements, donating to the right secure websites to real organizations, voting for the right leaders in elected office, and helping educate our community on this awareness. The role of technology plays on the vital role of economy growth and improving global social issues. The fact of developing ways of creating better food supplies by stimulating growth processes of agriculture. Other important issues are that we as a nation (with the largest impact on global economy) are obligated to help lead the change to end world hunger in two of the most effective ways: providing funds and by investing our human resources. In a famous quote from President Jimmy Carter accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 said “Among all the possible choices, I decided that the most serious and universal problem is the growing chasm between the richest and the poorest people on Earth. Citizens of the ten wealthiest countries are now 75 times richer than those who live in the ten poorest ones, and the separation is increasing every year, not only between nations but also within them. The results of this disparity are root causes of most of the world’s unresolved problems, including starvation, illiteracy, environmental degradation, violent conflict and unnecessary illnesses… But tragically, in the industrialized world there is a terrible absence of understanding or concern about those who are enduring lives of despair and hopelessness. We have not yet made the commitment to share with others an appreciable part of our excess wealth.”, which explains the real reason why there is a problem with hunger in the first place. Us as a nation and people of our community should utilize the technology we have now to make changes in our education system to inspire others to be aware of the concern and train them on how they can make a change by working together and networking in every country.
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