Today, on World Hunger Day, there are around 805 million people worldwide that do not have enough food to lead a healthy life, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation. That’s roughly one in nine of the global population who are malnourished; the problem kills more individuals than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
Asia is the worst hit continent. Children’s charity, Compassion, draw our attention to the fact that an unbelievable two-thirds of the world’s hungry people live there. Every day 16,000 children die from a hunger related cause (one every five seconds) and about one in four children in developing countries are underweight.
And the predicament is not just limited to far-away lands. Whilst an estimated 13 million UK citizens live below the poverty line, greedy and wasteful corporations boast of their record profits. Whilst 500,000 children go without food in our country, privileged MPs demand an 11% pay rise. Supermarkets pour bleach or paint on unsold food rendering it inedible and at the same time food banks go dry. Can someone please tell me what the fuck is going on?
Despite Tory peers claiming the problem is that “poor people do not know how to cook” a recent study funded by the Church of England argued that it is due to government cuts, benefit delays and low wages.
It’s also useful to note that if we spent half the money we spend on occupying foreign territory – in an attempt to mug them of their natural resources – on feeding people there would be no issue. But putting that aside, what can we do to help with the problem?
A cultural change is needed; we need to put pressure on corporations, politicians and sly companies like HSBC who help their uber-loaded clients to avoid paying any tax into our system. At the minute, the rich are getting richer and the poor are forced to queue up at a food bank to see if there’s anything left (there isn’t).