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Saturday, July 29, 2006

12 Myths About Hunger

Here are the myths, to find out the truths please visit Food First

Myth 1:
Not Enough Food to Go Around

Reality: Abundance, not scarcity, best describes the world's food supply. Enough wheat, rice and other grains are produced to provide every human being with 3,200 calories a day. That doesn't even count many other commonly eaten foods - ­vegetables, beans, nuts, root crops, fruits, grass-fed meats, and fish. Enough food is available to provide at least 4.3 pounds of food per person a day worldwide: two and half pounds of grain, beans and nuts, about a pound of fruits and vegetables, and nearly another pound of meat, milk and eggs - ­enough to make most people fat! The problem is that many people are too poor to buy readily available food. Even most "hungry countries" have enough food for all their people right now. Many are net exporters of food and other agricultural products.

Myth 2:
Nature is to Blame for Famine

Myth 3
Too Many People

Myth 4:
The Environment vs. More Food?

Myth 5:
The Green Revolution is the Answer

Myth 6:
We Need Large Farms

Myth 7:
The Free Market Can End Hunger

Myth 8:
Free Trade is the Answer

Myth 9:
Too Hungry to Fight for Their Rights

Myth 10:
More U.S. Aid Will Help the Hungry

Myth 11:
We Benefit From Their Poverty

Myth 12:
Curtail Freedom to End Hunger?

Institute for Food and Development Policy Backgrounder
Summer 2006, Vol.12, No. 2


timNardoni said...

Are you gonna myth-bust the rest? I'm curious about their take on those other myths, too.

crossn81 said...

Click on the Food First link for the complete list of truths. Food First

timNardoni said...