Chicken a La Carte

This article is inspired by a heart rendering short film about the much forgotten part of the society. The video was a short film created by Ferdinand Dimadura. It shows the people who live on the food we waste. This film shows how meaningless is the growth that we boast about, where people have to survive because of the food we carelessly waste .

A few familiar terms..

Hunger:

  • the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food; craving appetite. Also the exhausted condition caused by want of food.
  • the want or scarcity of food in a country
  • a strong desire or craving

World hunger refers to the second definition, aggregated to the world level. The related technical term (in this case operationalized in medicine) is malnutrition.

Malnutrition is a general term that indicates a lack of some or all nutritional elements necessary for human health

Countries spend billions of dollars on defence and technology development but all forget about these people. In India still a substantial fraction of population is below the poverty line but the government is not paying attention to this fact and goes on spending money on the secondary things. The main strength of a nation is its citizens and we are the ones who should decide what should be done in our country. The government ruling us was chosen by us. So we have the right to say what we need.

About 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes, according to the United Nations. This is one person every three and a half seconds, as you can see on this display. Unfortunately, it is children who die most often.

Yet there is plenty of food in the world for everyone. The problem is that hungry people are trapped in severe poverty. They lack the money to buy enough food to nourish themselves. Being constantly malnourished, they become weaker and often sick. This makes them increasingly less able to work, which then makes them even poorer and hungrier. This downward spiral often continues until death for them and their families.

Lets have a look at few stunning facts and figures:

  • In the Asian, African and Latin American countries, well over 500 million people are living in what the World Bank has called “absolute poverty”
  • Every year 15 million children die of hunger
  • For the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for 5 years
  • The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world is well-fed, one-third is under-fed one-third is starving- Since you’ve entered this site at least 200 people have died of starvation. Over 4 million will die this year.
  • The Indian subcontinent has nearly half the world’s hungry people. Africa and the rest of Asia together have approximately 40%, and the remaining hungry people are found in Latin America and other parts of the world.
  • It is estimated that some 800 million people in the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition, about 100 times as many as those who actually die from it each year.

I guess these facts are enough to make each one of us feel the want to rise in action to eliminate hunger ..

The problem of world hunger, particularly chronic persistent hunger, can be solved – even within our lifetimes. A few ways to solve the sufferings due to hunger are:Distribution of world’s food, World Debt Cancellation, Peace Negotiations(each war renders millions of people poor), Education, Use of Technological Advancements etc…

The amount of grain produced in the world today could provide each person on the planet with the equivalent of two loaves of bread per day. Our current food production could feed 7 billion people – compare that to the 6 billion people who live on the Earth and it seems there shouldn’t be a problem. However, it is evident from the number of deaths and suffering that is evident in the world, that hunger still persists.

The problem lies in the distribution of the world’s food. The majority of food is produced in economically more developed countries such as USA, but those countries that are really in need of their share of the food to solve their hunger problems, cannot afford the high prices that these farmers charge and can get from other richer countries.

The way to solve the problem of distribution is to encourage national governments and state departments to subsidize the purchase of food by less economically developed countries. In this way, the less economically developed countries are able to increase their food supplies, while the farmers are still able to gain competitive prices for their produce.

So next time you waste food please think of the millions of people who are starving. When I was a small kid each time I complained about food my mom used to tell me to think about the people starving in Somalia. I used to feel it very funny then. I thought, ‘ How is Somalia and my food related?’. But today I understand what she was trying to make me realise. I know we all feel annoyed when the amma(distributor) in our college mess hall gives us a huge lecture each time we waste even a small amount of food. But think how merciful God has been to us. We never have to beg or even wait for a meal. Not all are so fortunate.

The video says it all, needless to write anything more. Lets do something to help the world. Lets Live and Let Live..


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