The G8 Summit and World Hunger

 “All these G8 meeting over the years and what has come out of it NOTHING just money wasted”

Comment from a forum user

Frankly I consider that the above statement could not be more accurate.

Who really expected Cameron to take action against world hunger? Do you really believe he and the other G 8 members will actually crack down on tax dodging. I also have to question that even if this did happen would the money that governments receive from corporate tax dodgers actually go towards alleviating hunger and poverty here or aboard?

The scale of hunger is truly shocking. Yet there is enough food in the world for everyone, nonetheless 1 billion people continue to go hungry. Consider the following shocking facts.   Over two million children every year die from malnutrition; about 16,000 children every day or one child every five seconds. One in eight people around the world go to bed hungry. One in four children are stunted through chronic malnutrition – 165 million children are so malnourished by the age of two that their brains and bodies will never fully develop.

About £6.17bn a year would be needed to save the lives of a million children under five who die of malnutrition annually.

This money is available now! Food to feed everyone who needs it is available now!

Yet people starve

We need immediate and radical change if we are going to stop this serious injustice and consign hunger and poverty to history were they belong.

Thousands of Enough Food for Every One IF supporters protested in two rallies in Belfast and Hyde park and thousands of others have taken part in internet campaigns, and have signed petitions, wrote letters and e-mail to demand that G8 leaders take action to help end hunger in 2013

What is Enough Food For Every One If Campaign all about?

Here is a summary of the main objectives:

“We want our leaders to act on the four big issues that mean so many people do not get enough food.

Aid

Enough Food For Everyone IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves.

Tax

Enough Food For Everyone IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries.

Land

Enough Food For Everyone IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars.

Transparency

Enough Food For Everyone IF governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food.

Together, we can make IF happen.

The more of us who get involved, then the greater pressure there will be on world leaders to tackle global hunger in 2013.”

Read more about the issues behind the IF campaign

http://enoughfoodif.org/about-campaign/guide-if

Here is what happened during the two day summit regarding the above objectives

Enough Food For everyone If verdict on the G8 Presidency:

“The IF campaign has helped put tackling hunger and the issues that drive it – like malnutritiontax dodging and land grabs – at the centre of the G8 agenda. We’ve made real progress thanks to the millions of people who have supported the campaign, but there remains lots of unfinished business. The UK presidency deserves credit for putting the right issues on the agenda and making progress in many areas. We urge them to follow up on this unfinished business to help end the scandal of 1 in 8 people going hungry.” –

See more at:

http://enoughfoodif.org/latest/g8-response

The burning question is will these measures – most of which are inadequate to address the problem of world hunger – be carried out?

For example tax dodging:

“Today (18th June) the G8 countries signed a declaration which made promises to tackle tax avoidance and tax havens.

UK Uncut protester, Samantha Taggart, responded:

“For all Cameron and Osborne’s tough talk on tax over the last year in the UK, there has been no tough action on tax. In fact it’s seemed more like the government is trying to turn the UK into a tax haven than close them down. So it’s hard to believe that today’s agreement will really live up to its huge hype because it is lacking in any substance as to how it will be implemented or when by. Style over substance rarely leads to meaningful change.”

UK Uncut:

http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/uk-uncut-reaction-to-g8-declaration

Yes I supported the campaign as any positive action is always worth taking even though you know that nothing much will come of it – at least not the result we would like. Nonetheless such campaigns promote the scandal of world hunger and poverty so they are always worth supporting.

However after the event we have to ask: what did we really expect to happen?

What did we expect Cameron to do for people in Africa and other developing nations when he himself and his government have waged war on poor people in the UK. When the unelected coalition government have reduced the living stands and the quality of life for the most vulnerable in our country by viscous welfare cuts to sick and disabled people including children and those who are by no fault of their own unfortunate to be unemployed or on a low wage.

The sad reality of the situation is that as long as right wing political agendas go unchallenged and the capitalist system continues millions of people will die from want of food in a world of plenty. While the capitalist system runs roughshod over the entire planet millions will continue to go hungry and malnourished and will lead impoverished lives. Under the capitalist profit driven system, almost half of the world’s population struggles to live on less than $2.5 a day while a tiny minority of billionaires and millionaires continue to reap massive profits and live lavish lifestyles.

While eight over privileged people with more money than they need discussed world issues concerning hunger in the comfort of the luxurious venue of Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland, an extravagant 5 star hotel, eating expensive meals, and no doubt sipping expensive champagne, 25,000 people died of hunger over each of the two days of the summit as they do each and every day. Sadly they will continue to die until we rid the world of the economy of greed, the capitalist system that destroys the lives of millions, exploits the earth and drives to extinction countless species with whom we share this planet.  The cost of this decadent and pointless charade was around £50 million. I wonder how many starving people this would have fed.

When are we going to say enough is enough and demand the fair and responsible distribution of the world resources? When are we ever going to question the right of the few to own and control the world’s wealth, its resources and our lives.

Yes by all means make the greedy robbing capitalists pay their taxes but question the right of these parasites, the one percent to control so much of the world’s wealth to line their own packets while others go hungry. How many really question the right for an individual to have millions even billions in the bank.

” The G8 represents the super-rich 1%. The ‘great philanthropist’ Bill Gates, of Microsoft, has total wealth estimated at $66 billion, which is enough to end world poverty and still leave him with change”

“The G8 also represents a system that causes war and environmental destruction. Since the economic crisis began, a staggering $1.75 trillion was spent by world powers on the highly lucrative arms industry.”

http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/16866/12-06-2013/no-to-g8-austerity

How can we rely on the G8 to end world poverty when it is they who have plunged more people into poverty as they make the poor pay for the crisis of the capitalist system?

Marie Brill, executive director of ActionAid USA, said;

 “We could have an incredible gain for food security at this G8 summit if there’s concrete action taken to cut down tax dodging, and to address tax havens. That would leverage a tremendous amount of resources that could be applied to addressing food security by supporting women smallholder farmers, access to land, increased investment in nutrition, and a whole host of different social services that would actually address the root causes of hunger.”

http://allafrica.com/stories/201306171995.html?page=2

Yes indeed it would go a long way to address world hunger but again I have to ask how can we be sure that government’s will spend taxes to help alleviate world hunger.

And don’t forget hunger occurs in varying degrees the world over including the richest country in the world, the USA

‘Every year, three million children don’t live to see their fifth birthday because they don’t have enough to eat,’

‘It’s a scandal the richest countries mustn’t ignore.’

Richard Miller, of ActionAid

Indeed It is a scandal, a grave social injustice that while there is enough food for everyone millions die of hunger. It is time is it not to rethink our whole economic structure, yet comparatively few people do and readily accept the right-wing politics of greed and inequality along with the capitalist system that is responsible for hunger and poverty. Allowing corporations to dodge taxes is shocking in the extreme and is frankly a crime against humanity when it comes at the expense of other people who go without food as a consequence,  as is food speculation, another grave social injustice that has resulted in the rise of food prices thereby worsening an already bad situation.

This poster sums up nicely the injustice of food speculation:

 

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http://infernalseason.tumblr.com/post/53546080330/food-speculation-ii-pure-and-simply-evil

While corporations are allowed to use and exploit other people and the very earth itself nothing much will ever change. It is time for a more fair distribution of the world’s wealth. While millionaires and billionaires live a decadent lifestyle, born of exploitation and insatiable and unbridled greed millions die ,it has to stop now and forever.

By all means continue to support campaigns such as Enough Food for Everyone If as it and other similar campaigns highlight the plight of millions of people who go hungry, the approximately one billion people do not have  enough food, a staggering number impossible to imagine.

But question the entire economic structure of greed and inequality. It has to change.

 

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Last Minute Action you can Take to Help the “Enough Food for Everyone If” Campaign

Below is some last minute action you can take to help the Enough Food for Everyone If campaign

Yesterday I received the following action alert from ActionAid:


“We haven’t got long.

The next 48 hours are crucial to making sure world leaders don’t leave developing countries out in the cold when they meet for the G8 summit on Monday.

In the next few days they could make big decisions to crack down on tax havens that are draining poor countries of billions, and stop land grabs that are driving hunger for millions of people. But if we don’t keep the pressure on, our demands could fall short.

We have to make sure he goes to the G8 with our demands literally ringing in his ears. Take action now:

Please call David Cameron’s office on 020 7219 4272 to demand that he makes sure developing countries aren’t left out of the G8 tax deal. Click here for some suggestions on what to say.

Or post your message straight to his facebook page.

David Cameron knows the heat is on him – last week he saw 45,000 of us rally together in Hyde Park, calling on him to make 2013 the beginning of the end of hunger.

Now, it’s time to be direct. If thousands of us keep the message buzzing, we can tip the balance to make sure world leaders do the right thing:
Click here tell David Cameron to put poor countries first at the G8, or call him on 020 7219 4272. ”

source of the above: http://www.actionaid.org.uk/

Please take as much action as you can.  In a world of plenty no one should go hungry, it is a crime that they do. There is enough food for everyone. World leaders need to take urgent action and we need to pressure them into doing so.

Please pass on to as many people as possible

Apologies for the rather messed up formating.  As this is an urgent action I do not have time to sort it all out.