World Hunger

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Jurgen Kurti
Howard Sage
English 120
11/28/2012
How could people's selfishness towards each other lead to world hunger?
Human beings are naturally evil, in a sense that humans care only for themselves and when it comes to the rest of the human population all over the world, this human would rather have them starve to death then see himself struggle. World hunger affects millions of people worldwide. It is hard to believe why world hunger still exists even when we are able to feed every single human being based on the supply of food. This has led to heated debates on whether or not human’s selfishness and unwillingness to help out each other has made us naturally evil. For example, every day people living in developed countries throw away food which could have been devoured in a matter of seconds by people living in countries where hunger is a major issue. Even though the idea of humans being naturally evil is debatable, what is not debatable is the fact that every day that passes, countless lives are lost because of the lack of food and water supply. World hunger is a threat to the future of mankind and needs to be placed number one on the lists of problems that need to be solved in order to secure the well being of our future generations.

In 2006, Frederic Mousseau and Anuradha Mittal wrote an article called Food Sovereignty: Ending World Hunger in Our Time. The article depicts the statistics of world hunger and how the process of helping others survive is turned into a profitable business. According to the article, a child around the world dies every thirty seconds because of hunger. However, food should not be scarce in a world like today. In fact, as Frederic Mousseau and Anuradha Mittal wrote: Abundance best describes the world's food supply. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did thirty years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough food to provide every person worldwide with at least 2,720 kilocalories a day. (24) If what Frederic Mousseau and Anuradha Mittal said is true, then why does hunger affects over 852 million people around the world? Clearly there must be an indifference to solving the problem of world hunger. However, not everyone is so uncaring to this issue. Numerous companies and governments around the world are attempting to fight the issue of world hunger but not without profiting first. Some of the top profiteers from sending aid to countries in need are U.S shipping companies and relief organizations and NGO (non-governmental organization). This need to profit has greatly delayed the speed at which food is given to those who need it the most. Politics has a large role in this delay too. Our own Congress has risked the lives of starving people so that the American economy could prosper by refusing to buy food aid overseas. This selfishness of governments and companies has resulted in the loss of numerous lives that could have been saved had they cared less about their own profit.

Another example to include as a reason for this continuation and increase of world hunger is the deregulation of markets as well as the U.S financial system. In 2000, the deregulation of markets and the U.S financial system led to an increase of world prices for food. Families in developing countries were hit the hardest by the sharp rise in prices because they now had to spend around 50 percent or more of their income just so that they could feed themselves. Similar to the price rises of food in 2000, was the increase of food costs in 2008. As stated, “The United Nations found that sharp price increases in 2008 -- a 40 percent average increase across a range of different food items -- led to malnourishment for 130 million additional people” (Pollin 2). It is truly hard to believe how the number of malnourished people increased, even though there is enough food out in our world to destroy world hunger. Just recently as of 2011, there was a...
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