Solving World Hunger

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Our Earth gives us many life-giving components such as air, water, heat, and nourishment. With the earth having about 510,072,00 km of surface area[1], you’d think that it’d have more than enough resources to supply all the people that live on it. Most of us aren’t lacking heat, and we definitely are not lacking any air, but the sad fact is, is that a lot of people in the world today do not have access to food or safe water. It’s not that we are incapable of producing enough food for the population, it’s just that there is an uneven distribution of this food. The richest 20% of people in the world consume nearly half the meat and fish in the world, but the poorest 20% consume just 5%[2]. This is because of several factors that affect the people such as accessibility, cost of food, availability and others. Three main things cause the distribution of the food in the world. They are poverty, population, and priorities. Poverty is the lack of basic human needs, such as clean water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter, because of the inability to afford them. Population refers to the growing number of people who require resources, such as food, to live. And priorities, or quality of living, refer to us who live in a First World country and our standards of living compared to the standards of people living in the Third World. Poverty is affecting many people today. About 1.7 billion people live in absolute poverty[3]; before the industrial revolution, poverty had mostly been the norm. Absolute poverty is where people lack the necessary basic food, clothing, or shelter to survive. People in poverty don’t have these necessities because they lack the money to buy it. Out of all the things that people need, food would ... ... middle of paper ... ...July 2010 http://www.wfp.org/countries/chad De Sam Lazaro. “Droughts and Violence Feed Hunger Crisis in Sudan.” 5 March 2010, 25 July 2010 http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june10/sudan_03-05.html “Hunger.” World Food Programme..25 July 2010 http://www.wfp.org/hunger “Hunger Count 2008”. Food Banks of Canada. 25 July 2010 http://www.cafb-acba.ca/documents/HungerCount_en_fin.pdf “Hunger Information”. Freedom From Hunger. 25 July 2010 http://www.freedomfromhunger.org/info/ Hunger in the U.S.” Food Research and Action Center. 25 July 2010 http://www.frac.org/html/hunger_in_the_us/hunger_index.html “Oxfam calls for radical shake-up of aid system to break cycle of hunger in Ethiopia. Oxfam International. 22 October 2010, 25 July 2010 http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressrelease/2009-10-22/aid-system-break-cycle-hunger-ethiopia
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