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U.N. Says Global Hunger Is ‘Unacceptably High’

Posted on Sep 14, 2010

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has released a new report gauging global hunger in 2010, and the FAO surmised that worldwide undernourishment, although slightly improved from 2009, remains “unacceptably high.” This raises the question: Is there ever an “acceptable” level?  —KA


The FAO estimates there are 925 million undernourished people in 2010, compared with 1.02 billion in 2009.

But it warned that the fight to reduce hunger would face additional obstacles if food prices continue to rise.

A separate report from Action Aid estimates that hunger costs developing countries $450bn (£292bn) a year.

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By open-minded@u, September 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment
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@ no GOD, no peace. @ know GOD, know peace. No money in feeding,
know money in feeding. No oil, no investors. know oil, know investors. No
poppies,no police. Know poppies, know policy. No blood, no gold. Know
blood, know gold. 
As humans we have the answers, techniques, abilities, foresight, tools, etc.,
etc. & the means. @ no money in it, know power in it.know money in it,
know power in it!!!

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By purplewolf, September 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment

Samosamo: I agree. It is the fault of humans, especially those who think that their God(s) demand that they keep reproducing excessive humans(the Duggars with 19+ kids and Octomom come to mind) onto a planet with limited resources. GOD WILL PROVIDE,ONLY IF THEY BELIEVE HARD ENOUGH AND IF IT DOESN’T HAPPEN, THEN THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE HARD ENOUGH, NOW GIVE ME ALL YOUR MONEY, THE POPE NEEDS NEW SOLID GOLD SILVERWARE TO EAT FROM.

Arraya: Yes, there is always a constant percentage of the population that is unable to afford food, especially if you don’t have the money to buy food in the first place. But for those who cannot feed the progeny they already have, why do they keep making more babies they know they cannot afford to feed the ones they already have now? It doesn’t seem to deter them from continuing to have more children to suffer in numerous ways due to lack of a proper diet and enough of that food also?

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By Arraya, September 15, 2010 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

</blockquote>Well, it is, after all, humans’ fault. Trying to ignore the problems
that about 7,000,000,000 create, isn’t hard to figure that, yep,
there will be a lot of hunger and death.<blockquote>

World hunger as little to do with population.  Percentages have remained constant
for a century.  It is structural.

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By Leefeller, September 15, 2010 at 9:47 am Link to this comment

These unacceptably high levels are annoying and disappointing me,...... we need to get back those much more acceptable high levels of hunger!

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By samosamo, September 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment


Well, it is, after all, humans’ fault. Trying to ignore the problems
that about 7,000,000,000 create, isn’t hard to figure that, yep,
there will be a lot of hunger and death. And to deal with with
this unacceptable and unsustainable unfettered growth of
humans, all other species will take a major ‘extinction level event
hit’ just so’s us humans can pack more and more persons onto
this planet while never realizing that that in itself will cause
humans to suffer even more.

But that will just add more money to the governments’ and the
religions’ coffers while it lasts.

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By Jean Gerard, September 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment
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Acceptable?  Who decides what is “acceptable, and what are the criteria?  Teeth falling out?  Bones sticking through the skin?  Sagging abdomens?  No resistance to disease?  Can’t walk?  Can’t stand up?
O what a wonderful morning!

Doesn’t this make you sick at heart?  Or do you think such people are persona non grata who don’t have faith in the right God, or aren’t working hard enough, or are just “inevitable”?

Contact the World Health Organization.  Ask them why?
Contact UNICEF?  Ask them how much more money that they have would it take to feed all the kids instead of just some of them? Contact the U.S. Department of Health and Welfare and ask how many American kids are going hungry because their parents lost their jobs?  Contact one of these kids and ask him/her what they have eaten in the last three days. 
The fact that all of us can read reports like this and still do nothing is a testimonial of our craven irresponsibility. No wonder the comments are so often full of invective and hot air.

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