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June 2, 2009

ONE BILLION TO GO HUNGRY NEXT YEAR

Geoffrey Lean, The Independent - One billion people will go hungry around the globe next year for the first time in human history, as the international financial crisis deepens, the United Nations has told The Independent.

The shocking landmark will be passed - despite a second record worldwide harvest in a row - because people are becoming too destitute to buy the food that is produced.

Decades of progress in reducing hunger are being abruptly reversed, dealing a devastating blow to a pledge by world leaders eight years ago to cut it in half by 2015.

Rich countries have failed to provide promised money to boost agriculture in the Third World; the financial crisis is starving developing countries of credit and driving their people into greater poverty, and food aid to the starving is expected to begin drying up next month.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

On page 405 of his Memoirs, David Rockfeller wrote:

"Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."

June 2, 2009 1:48 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

Meanwhile, millions of tons of corn are being used to produce ethanol to fuel SUVs in the United States.

I, like Jefferson, tremble when I think that there is a just God.

June 2, 2009 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are we going to stop promoting the making people who are unable to care for themselves?

10 billion? 20 billion? 100 billion? At some point the problem solves itself in an extremely unpleasant manner for everyone. Do we have to choose that option?

June 5, 2009 5:19 PM  
Anonymous The patience of the poor will one day turn to hate. said...

Anon,5;19,
Your sympathy overwhelms me . I'm willing to bet a hundred dollars against a hole in a doughnut that your only talent is sucking ass.

June 5, 2009 7:10 PM  

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