There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry.
Hunger Facts: 750 million people go to bed hungry; 1.2 billion people live below the extreme poverty line.
In a just society no one would go hungry, live in poverty or die of preventable or curable disease. Things have to change and we must demand change. We must change the dominant economic system – capitalism . If we do not, completely eradicating poverty is not going to happen. As this is not likely in the forseeable future we need to do what we can to improve the lot of our fellow human beings.
More information about the causes of world hunger and other actions further down.
Recently I received the following in my e-mail from Global Citizen, please read and take the suggested action which is to send a tweet to G7 leaders. It might not sound much but every action however small and seeming insignificant helps, so if you are on twitter please take the action below. There is a prepared Tweet or you can write your own. Please share widely.
“I can’t breastfeed my child because I’m so hungry, my body can’t produce enough milk.”
That’s an all too common story for millions of mothers around the world. And it’s not just moms and kids. Hunger affects health, earning potential, and opportunity for hundreds of millions of families.
Negotiations are currently in progress ahead of the G7 meeting in early June. This is our first chance to make sure leaders know that millions of people believe it’s our moral duty to help stamp out hunger once and for all.
That’s why we’re hijacking the #G7Summit hashtag. Political leaders are obsessively tracking media attention around the summit so by flooding twitter with the voices of global citizens, we can make some noise that can’t be ignored.
From now until the end of 2015, some of the world’s most powerful people are making choices that will affect the lives of us all for the next 15 years. Getting their attention won’t be easy: frankly, this is just the first small step on a long journey towards a world where no one goes to bed hungry.
Let’s make sure our voices are heard.
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Consider the following quote and information concerning one of the major reasons why people go hungry.
The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied up in producing beef and other livestock–food for the well off–while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation.
Dr Walden Bello
Shut the Front Door! If We Ate Less Meat, This Is What Would Happen to the Planet
“More and more studies are showing that consumption of animal products is one of the largest reasons for some pretty serious environmental issues today. Saying nothing about the cruelties of the industry and the disastrous effects these food items can wreak on our personal health, consuming meat in the quantities that we do is impacting the environment on a global scale.”
…meat, including chicken, in an average American’s diet translates to roughly 1892 pounds of grain. If everyone stopped consuming meat, that would translate to enough grain to feed 1.4 billion people a plant-based diet. That’s enough to feed the world’s hungry more than one and a half times over
Not just the USA of course the rest of us would make a significant difference to freeing up land to directly feed people by not eating meat.
It would be even better if all of us ate no meat at all, better for other people, better for other animals and better for the planet – Go Vegan
How To Go Vegan
Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge
Capitalism and Global Poverty: Two Billion Poor, One Billion Hungry
More than 2.2 billion people are “either near or living in poverty,” according to the United Nations Development Report released July 24.The study also found that about 1.2 billion people survive on the equivalent of $1.25 or less a day, while 12 percent of the world’s population (842 million people) suffer from chronic hunger.
These conditions of global suffering and deprivation are not due to any absolute shortage of resources. The world economy produces enough to provide a decent standard of living for every man, woman and child. But the distribution of wealth makes this impossible: the 85 wealthiest people in the world own as much as the 3.5 billion poorest people combined.
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Will the G7 make a down-payment on ending hunger?