World Food Production Up – Hunger Too

Posted by Irresponsibility

As the First World frets about how to fight the Christmas flab the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports: “In 2008 the number of undernourished people in the world increased by 40 million“.

Not, as you might think, because of climate change, crop failure, too many pesticides, too little GM, or plain too little food. Globally the world enjoyed a “record harvest”. The problem is politics — and greed.

Hunger, in most cases, is caused by lack of money rather than a shortage of food production, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

Hunger isn’t an unavoidable natural catastrophe. It is a form of global social control. Hungry people are ill-equipped to hope, work, organise, or claim their rights. They don’t threaten the status quo. Terribly convenient for us, not so great for them.

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