WHAT'S YOUR PERSPECTIVE?
Courtesy Dan Baron Cohen
Food and NutritionThe causes of world hunger are complex. Poverty and the distribution of land for farming, the global marketplace of goods for export and import, and conflict and natural disasters all play a role. Experts often disagree on the role of these factors as well as the most effective solutions.
Take a look at some of the different viewpoints below, and follow the links to learn more.
What do you think are the biggest challenges to world hunger and what are the best ways to solve the problem?
“As we stand on the edge of a new millennium, we dream of a tomorrow without hunger. Worrying about starving future generations won’t feed them. Food biotechnology will.”
"Hunger is exclusion; exclusion from land, from income, from work, from salary, from life and from citizenship. When a person gets to the point of not having anything to eat, it is because all the rest have been denied."
"…when adequate supplies of food are available in an area and the problem is people’s access to it, giving those vulnerable people cash or food coupons would be more effective and less harmful than giving them food."
"We live in a world today where 800 million people a year are going hungry, in a world that produces enough food for almost 9 billion people. Yet we only have 6 billion people on the planet. Why isn't that food being distributed more equitably?"
"Contrary to the promises made by the biotech industry, the reality of the last ten years shows that the safety of GM [genetically modified] crops cannot be ensured and that these crops are neither cheaper nor better quality. Biotech crops are not the solution to solve hunger in Africa or elsewhere."