Patricia O. Woodhouse
Professor Deborah Christie
November 21, 2010
We sit and watch advertisements of starving men, women and children in third world countries and we ask ourselves what is world hunger? World hunger refers to the multitudes of people presently facing the risk of an insufficient or inadequate food supply, something known as food insecurity. When people in the United States go to the grocery store they have a choice of thousand of products including fresh meat, fruits, vegetables and diary products. Restaurants serve huge portions and we waste millions of pounds of food a year. I just threw away pounds of leftovers without a thought or care in the world to the many people that are starving right now. It is hard for most Americans to even understand world hunger. At least a half a billion people suffer some form of malnutrition. It is said that about 40,000 to 50,000 people die from malnutrition everyday.
The effect of hunger and malnutrition are malnutrition due to nutrient needs or low tissue reserves in children, pregnant women, those who are ill and the elderly. In many countries, hunger is an obsession. The number of hungry and malnourished people in the world continues to grow. The problem is not over-population, it most often is based on economics. Only through education will we be able to move these people out of poverty.
In the developed Western world, very few people know the true meaning of the word starving. In the developing world, it's a reality that is faced every day. Many children die daily as a result of food shortages. At the root of world hunger is the issue of inequality, not a scarcity of food. Poor political decisions and unequal distribution of food are the primary causes of the hunger that...