World Poverty and Food Insecurity

30 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2014 Last revised: 21 Mar 2015

Date Written: February 1, 2015


The article draws upon the insights of Yale philosopher Thomas Pogge to suggest a way that we might think about the structural inequities in the global economic order that produce food insecurity. The article argues that chronic undernourishment is not a function of food scarcity, bad weather, or simply bad luck. Rather, it is a function of international political and economic arrangements that systematically benefit the wealthy at the expense of the poor. The article concludes with several legal and policy reforms that the United States and the European Union can adopt to reduce the burdens that our societies place on the world's most vulnerable populations.

Keywords: food security, poverty, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, international trade law, biofuels, land grab, World Bank, bilateral investment treaties, agriculture, WTO Agreement on Agriculture

JEL Classification: F13, F18, F54, Q17, Q56, N50, O24, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Gonzalez, Carmen G., World Poverty and Food Insecurity (February 1, 2015). 3 Penn. State Journal of Law and International Affairs 56 (2015); Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 15-03. Available at SSRN:

Carmen G. Gonzalez (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics