1 in 8 people in the world are hungry.
That is around 868 million people.
This means that in a world where there is more than enough food for everyone, and where so much is wasted, the number of people that are chronically undernourished is greater than the population of the U.S., Europe and Canada combined.
Increasing food prices, the continuing economic crisis, and global warming leading to droughts in the US and Russia and floods in the UK, are all factors which have contributed to creating this situation.
But we do not help ourselves either. Greed and broken promises continue to blind us to the fact that we have enough but we, like spoilt children, do not want to share.
Halving the prevalence of undernourishment in the developing world by 2015 was one of the key Millennium Development Goals, but charitable words always seem to fall by the wayside when times get tough. Even more distressing is that due to growing biofuel demand, financial speculation in food commodity markets and inefficiencies in food supply and distribution, almost a third of total food production in the world is wasted.
We need to generate work for small agricultural landholders and women in developing countries if we are to begin rectifying this vulgar disparity. More than that we, as the developed world, need to look at ourselves and our wastefulness and come good on our promises.
Just doin’ ma duty,
Old Bushel Britches x