Today I want to talk about World Hunger. I am attaching a video and providing the statistics here in this post. You may be surprised to find out that your household may actually be directly contributing to the severe hunger that is happening worldwide [please see my next challenge for what you can do about this--(-->click "The fast that I have chosen link to the right.")]. This is not to discourage anyone, but to give you practical ways to raise awareness and undue this injustice! I hope that this information broadens our perspective and helps us to balance the scales.
925 million people are hungry worldwide, as of the year 2012.
This is an increased from 840 million, just a year ago.
Every 3.6 seconds someone dies from hunger, 75% of these individuals are children.
WHO(World Health Organization) calls hunger the silent emergency, it is responsible for 10.4 million deaths of children this year! This is worst than malaria and other communicable diseases! All they need is food, things that are so basic to you and I.
Would you believe though, that there is enough food produce annually to feed everyone in the world, twice!! These are unbalanced scales!!!
So, what role do I play in this, you ask?
The problem is that our meat based diets consumed the land, resources, and water that are needed to grow food for human beings. Instead these entities are being used as land and sustenance for farm animals, principally beef–so that we can consume meat.
People in poor countries rely on grain as their principal source of food!! Therein lies the problem!
1/3 of the grain produced yearly is used to feed the 60 million farm animals made to produce meat, eggs, and dairy products.
Here in the U.S., 70% of grain is used to feed livestock.
The greater the consumption of animal products, the greater number of people we can feed.
The feed costs of an 80z steak will fill 45 to 50 bowls of cereal grains.
Livestock now outnumber human populations 3:1! The water supply is also strained to provide water for the livestock. Because the U.S. and other industralized nations do not produce enough grain to feed themselves, and all these animals, the grain is imported from poorer countries to feed our cattles. Also, a portion of this grain is used fuel fuel in our countries. All of this is principally because of over-consumption! The American “fast food” industry, and “meat-eating habits of the wealthy, are diverting the food resources from the poor. In the past few years, Americans have been consuming less meat, but not beef! Countries like China who were formally known for having high grain diet (rice) are eating twice as much meat as the U.S. now. (Granted, their population is way bigger, but the formely had low meat diets in comparison to Americans)
Here is the video that I gathered these facts from, it was made 1 year ago. There are more facts in the video than are posted here. This video supports veganism. While I do not advocate veganism, I do believe that we all can do our part by limiting our consumption of meat, principally red meat! It’s healthy for you!
Let’s do something about this! Let’s balance the scales. Proverbs 11:1 The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.
World Hunger In the News–>