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What Can we do about World Hunger?. Food First. http://www.givegetnation.net/img/scan10004225.jpg. Thoughts about the Future. “The way people think about hunger is the greatest obstacle toward ending it.” -- Peter Rosset, Food First.

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what can we do about world hunger

What Can we do about World Hunger?

Food First

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thoughts about the future
Thoughts about the Future
  • “The way people think about hunger is the greatest obstacle toward ending it.”

-- Peter Rosset, Food First

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Thoughts about the Future
  • “The only real risk is the risk of thinking too small.”
  • -Frances Moore Lappe

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Thoughts about the Future
  • “The world has enough for man's need, but not for man's greed.”

--Mahatma Ghandi

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questions
Questions
  • Should we have guilt?
  • We have so much food, wealth!

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Questions
  • Should we have fear?
  • We might lose it all!

Food riot, 2008

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Questions
  • Can we protect the environment and grow enough food?

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Questions
  • Should we seek justice?

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Questions
  • Should we seek efficiency?

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Questions
  • Can we eliminate hunger without losing freedom?

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five principles
Five Principles
  • 1) Hunger results from human choices
    • not inexorable forces of nature.
      • Therefore we can choose to end hunger in the same way we chose to end slavery.

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Five Principles
  • 2) Economic democracy
    • and the empowerment of women
      • are keys to ending hunger
      • and will also reduce world population growth.

Microfinance meeting, India

http://www.andhranews.net/India/2007/July/10-Microfinance-Institution-Bandhan.jpg

economic democracy
Economic Democracy
  • “Because no human being chooses hunger, hunger is proof that a person has been denied a voice in meeting survival needs.
  • And, since a say in one’s future is the very essence of democracy, the existence of hunger belies democracy.”
  • -- Frances Moore Lappe

Hunger results from a lack of Economic Democracy

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Five Principles
  • 3) Ending hunger need not destroy the environment
    • but will require sustainable agriculture
      • that can be practiced by even the poor.

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Five Principles
  • 4) Greater fairness can lead to ending hunger
    • if we devise food systems where those that do the work
      • have a greater say and reap a greater reward.

Farmers protesting for land reform

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Five Principles
  • 5) The increased well-being of the poor in the third world
    • can enhance our own well-being
      • we need not fear their advancement.

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what can we do
What can we do?
  • If change is possible, we must change ourselves.

ISU student in Africa

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What can we do?
  • We must examine our everyday choices.

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personal choices
Personal Choices
  • 1) Get alternative information.
  • Mainstream TV, press has a vision clouded by myths.

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Personal Choices
  • 2) Educate others—
    • friends
    • co-workers
    • family.
  • Speak up when others voice self-defeating myths.

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Personal choices
  • 3) Choose a job that contributes to the solution rather than to the problem.
  • Is accumulation of material possession the real key to a satisfying life?

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Personal Choices
  • 4) Help hungry, homeless people through church, community groups.

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Personal Choices
  • 5) Participate in
    • community planning
    • more and better jobs
    • affordable housing
    • environmental protection.

Habitat for Humanity

http://www.lmu.edu/Asset2717.aspx

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Personal Choices
  • 6) Elect officials committed to addressing roots of hunger.

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Vote!

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Personal Choices
  • 7) Spend money on less processed,
    • less packaged foods
    • from co-ops or worker owned stores.

Farmers market

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Personal Choices
  • 8) Boycotts have been successful:
    • Nestle stopped marketing baby formula in third world
    • divestment helped bring majority rule to South Africa.

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Personal choices
  • 9) Become an activist.
  • Social movements
    • brought women the vote
    • got civil rights legislation
    • helped end war in Vietnam.

Civil rights protest

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moral courage
Moral Courage
  • Compassion is essential
    • but is easy.
  • Harder to achieve is moral courage.
  • It takes courage to cry out "The emperor wears no clothes"
    • In the face of injustice, inequity, malnutrition

Nigeria

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Moral Courage
  • Takes courage to challenge the status quo,
    • to point out that the world is awash in food
    • and all of the suffering is the result of human decisions.
  • We risk embarrassment,
    • dismissal by friends
    • to speak out about widespread false understandings of the world.

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compassion
Compassion
  • This courage comes from the same place our compassion comes from:
    • our innate moral sensibilities,
    • our deepest emotional intuitions
      • about our connectedness to others' well-being.

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Compassion
  • Ironically, the message of compassion and connectedness to others' well-being
    • underlies the dominant western religion, Christianity

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Compassion
  • But our culture has elevated economic dogma
    • market and property rights
    • above the Christian message
      • of love, compassion and connection.

Mall of America

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