World Hunger

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In the United States today, hunger affects over 850 million people, and that number keeps increasing. Hunger can cause health defects and can slow or shut your body down. It can result in malnutrition and weakened immune systems. It is mainly caused by food distribution among countries. World hunger is a worldwide problem and it difficult to end it. People who don’t have enough food should be helped because they could die from malnutrition.
In the past there have been less people living without their basic needs than now. When I mean basic needs, I am talking about shelter, food, and water, or things they need the most. As George Kent states, “we in developed countries sometimes see poor people holding up signs,” saying, “ will work for food.” (81). When they need food to survive, they will work hard for it. In this example, George Kent argues that people who have a greater capacity for productive activity are well nourished, but they tend to do less work. People holding signs saying they would work for food proves they are living without their basic needs. If you saw someone holding up signs for food, you would probably think they are not well nourished or productive, but if you give two people a job, one well nourished and one not, I bet the more productive one will not be the well nourished one.
The distribution of food and the cost of products is one reason why many people are starving. Most food is being shipped away from the hungry, and the food they do have is costly. As premiums were paid to suppliers and shippers, the cost of food aid has risen compared to local purchases. “ The United States is the only donor nation that has avoided local and regional purchases.” (Mittal 24). If most countries avoided local purchases, th...

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