3 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2010 Last revised: 17 Jan 2014
Date Written: 2009
Food is one of the most primal ways to transmit culture and traditions and thus has vital and even cross-generational importance for us. Nevertheless, many of us have gone beyond relating to food as a primal need. So, in this age of abundance, food is either under-appreciated as epitomized by our fast-food fueling or become a fashion obsession with the indulgence of chic gourmet or even fetishized as exemplified in food eating contests (there is actually an International Federation of Competitive Eating).
This short paper offers concise facts and data about hunger. For example: we actually produce enough food to comfortably feed everyone on the planet while aid and charity make only a modest impact on hunger in developing nations. Even the US, with the world’s highest incidence of obesity has tens of millions of undernourished people and 12 million that are regularly hungry according to the USDA.
Keywords: Hunger, Malnourishment, Food, Community Development
JEL Classification: O00, Q00, R00
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