For me today, a hope for a bologna sandwich was a hope to satiate a craving; not to satisfy my hunger or keep myself from starving.
A couple of days ago, for no reason I knew, I started craving a bologna sandwich. Even though I craved a bologna sandwich– until I went to the grocery store today–I had no bologna.
Upon returning from the grocery store, one of the first things I did was make myself a bologna and cheese sandwich with lots of dill pickles. Fresh tomatoes are not in season, so “solo” dill pickles had to do.
Then, of course, I had to have some of my favorite potato chips to eat with my bologna sandwich. So, when I finally sat down, put my feet up in my recliner chair, and ate my bologna sandwich, I slowly entered a realm of paradise. Everything tasted so good, and I satisfied my craving and my hunger!
With heart-felt gratitude for my sandwich and chips, I reminded myself of the millions of people in the world who do not have the food they crave, nor the food they need to satisfy their hunger and possibly sustain their lives.
The world is facing a hunger crisis
unlike anything it has seen in more than 50 years.
925 million people are hungry.
Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes.
That’s one child every five seconds.
To feed our growing population we need to increase food production
by 70-100 percent by 2050.
Can We Feed the World and Sustain the Planet?
is the title of an article by Jonathan A. Foley found at http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-we-feed-the-world
This article is about a five-step global plan to end hunger, double food production by 2050, and do both while drastically reducing agriculture’s damage to the environment.
The proposed five steps are: 1) stop agriculture from consuming more tropical land 2) boost the productivity of farms that have the lowest yield 3) raise the efficiency of water and fertilizer use worldwide 4) reduce per capita meat consumption and 5) reduce waste in food production and distribution.
There were 1.4 billion people in extreme poverty in 2005. The World Bank estimates that the spike in global food prices in 2008, followed by the global economic recession in 2009 and 2010 has pushed between 100-150 million people into poverty.
One in seven people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight. Source: World Food Programme, 2009.
You can learn more about world hunger and find hunger fact sheets at http://www.worldhunger.org/learn.htm#Hunger.
Here are a few hunger organizations, which are listed on the world hunger site:
|Bread for the World is a national Christian grassroots organization that seeks justice for the world’s hungry people, including people in the United States, by lobbying Congress and other U.S. decision makers.|
|RESULTS is an international citizens’ lobbying group whose purpose is to create the political will to end hunger and poverty. In the United States, its volunteers have campaigned for programs that combat domestic poverty, as well as for international programs such as microenterprise lending. See Hunger Notes urges its readers to join Results|
|The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is a leading national organization working to improve public policies to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. Founded in 1970 as a public interest law firm, FRAC is a nonprofit and nonpartisan research and public policy center that serves as the hub of an anti-hunger network of thousands of individuals and agencies across the country. It provides news and legislative updates, research materials, and other support services to organizations throughout the United States. It is not a membership organization.|
Women make up the majority of the agricultural workforce in many areas of the world. In the Feed the Future video below, narrator Matt Damon discusses the importance of increasing food production around the world and notes the importance of equipping women with the right tools, training, and technology to see as much as a 30 percent increase in food production.
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