Does this image bother you? When I first saw it I cried.
This image was taken back in the 1920’s during the Russian famine so why did I cry? The picture’s old…it was during a famine…shit happens, right? I cried because these images haven’t stopped being produced- these images are still produced as every single day 16000 children die of starvation.
Right now we are living in a time when 925 million people are hungry and every five seconds a child dies from starvation yet the world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase.
What the hell is going on?
Poverty is a cause of hunger and hunger is a cause of poverty. By causing poor health, low levels of energy, and even mental impairment, hunger can lead to even greater poverty by reducing people’s ability to work and learn, thus leading to even greater hunger.
While Mitt Romney has spent $68, 348,699 on a futile campaign for the presidency and President Obama has spent $156,713,377 on campaign efforts, 1 in 6 Americans go to bed hungry every single night- the majority of those are women and children all scraping by in poverty. Now convince me that these politicians are For The People and Of the People.
The hunger issue impacts YOU even if you aren’t hungry. The cost of hunger for every U.S. citizen was $542 in 2010, according to the study. Because the $167.5 billion estimate is based on “cautious methodology,” the actual cost of hunger and food insecurity to the nation is probably higher.
It’s time to cut the bull shit, people, and demand that our rights to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food be upheld.
Starvation can be ended. And it can be ended today. Eating is NOT a privilege, it’s a RIGHT.