10 Interesting facts about world hunger

Written by Natty Dread

1) The principal cause of hunger is poverty. The principal cause of poverty is the ordinary operation of the economic and political systems in the world. Political and economic systems that are designed to funnel resources and their profits into the hands of the minority that control these systems.

2) The second main cause of hunger is overpopulation- kindly stop breeding until this problem is resolved.

3) According to www.stopthehunger.com 90% of the hungriest nations on earth are net exporters of food to rich nations.

4) World agriculture is currently capable of producing 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day
(The average requirement for an adult is around 2000)

5) Out of 7,223,275,042 people on the planet
892,426,656 are undernourished
1,589,159,118 are overweight
and 529,719,706 are obese.

6) According to the American Cancer Society and the National Institute of Health, $75-$125 billion is spent on indirect and direct costs due to obesity, the related diseases and because of the long and expensive treatment for several of the health complications it causes.

7) Africa as a whole currently produces more than enough to feed itself, yet many countries within it are net importers of food when years ago most were net exporters. In 1961 every nation in Africa produced domestically more than 100 percent of its food supply. Decades of conflict on top of poor infrastructure are one of the main causes of the decline. There is nothing wrong with the soil.

8) Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.

9) Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes)

10) The amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world’s annual cereals crop (2.3 billion tonnes in 2009/2010).

World hunger in summary

In my opinion- the only cause for world hunger at this point in time is greed. The food is already there. We just waste it. We waste it as individuals. We waste it on an industrial scale. We waste it nationally. We waste it globally.

We waste it because the more we waste the more we buy to replace it. And that’s good business. Why feed hungry people in poor countries when dumb people are willing to keep giving you their money?

I could try and jazz that one up, make it more verbose. Delve into the depths of corporate capitalistic control? But it still comes down to that one word. That one problem. Greed.

The fact that the world is starving is also on the verge of no longer being a myth- we could feed the planet today but anywhere between 6 months to a year and we may be screwed. It is estimated that by 2050 (if we make it that far!?) there wont be enough food or water to go round and the population of the developing world will vastly outnumber the western world- they will also no longer be developing thanks to the spread of information. A big power shift is coming and its gonna get messy.

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Statistics and facts and such obtained from these sites-

www.usnews.com
www.stopthehunger.com
www.worldhunger.org
www.unep.org