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The Crisis of hunger and obesity

Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski|Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Rome meeting will be held shortly at the UN summit on the problem of world hunger. In the U.S., is an old Protestant saying that "if you are poor and hungry, this is probably your own fault." Indeed, nearly 50 million Americans, or one-seventh of the population, often niedojadała in 2008 due to lack of money, according to a report of the Ministry of Agriculture in Washington. This report was issued on Monday 16go November, 2009. It is the largest number of hungry Americans from the time when the federal government declares state of hunger, the U.S. tests

Written by Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Rome meeting will be held shortly at the UN summit on the problem of world hunger. In the U.S., is an old Protestant saying that "if you are poor and hungry, this is probably your own fault."

In fact, nearly 50 million Americans, or one-seventh of the population, often niedojadała in 2008 due to lack of money, according to a report of the Ministry of Agriculture in Washington. This report was issued on Monday 16go November, 2009. It is the largest number of hungry Americans from the time when the federal government declares state of hunger, the U.S. tests.

This state of affairs Raj Patel describes in his books: "Wyżarci and malnutrition: Market, Power and Untamed Fight for Food in the World" and "The value of anything," ( "Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for Word's Food System" and "The Value of Nothing." by Raj Patel, a former employee of the World Bank, World Trade Organization and the United Nations, will attend the gathering today in Rome a meeting convened in order to fight hunger. Unfortunately, none of the leaders of the richest countries in the candles do not come for the meeting in Rome.

Food prices have risen very recently in the world and the global crisis caused a threat of famine. Throughout Africa, the riots are taking place due to lack of food, zwłaszca in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Mauritnia. In West Africa, food prices increased by 50% in Sierra Leone by 300%. In the U.S. the price of grain, corn and rice went up by 41% during the past six months.     

African finance ministers issued a warning that rising food prices threaten the peace and secure the development of Africa. Similar warnings were issued in Cambodia, Indonesia, Egypt and Haiti, where Port-of-Prince, five people lost their lives in riots caused by rising prices of rice, beans and fruit by 50%.

In October 2008, the World Food Program at the United Nations addressed to the governments of wealthy countries for additional aid of 500 million dollars. It happened at a time when the Bush government lowered U.S. donation for this purpose because of rising food prices in the U.S.. This increase was due to the decline in government revenue in Washington, about 120 million dollars. This happened due to bad weather during the harvest.

According Patel'a currently growing corn for fuel consumption at the expense of food supply. This comes in the name of independence from imported fuel. At the same time as demand for meat, the demand for grain as feed for cattle. This is food at the expense of the poor masses of people in the world.

Many times more people can be fed directly to corn or corn than meat from cattle fed the same amount of grain. Price of grain goes up as higher prices of imported fuel. In this situation, there is an increase in food prices over the possibility of buying the world's poorest people.

Great grain producers benefit from the market for the processing of grain for fuel is largely due to state agricultural subsidies. According Patel'a is an absurd situation, because when it comes to manure carbon dioxide into the atmosphere resulting from the production of ethanol, plus the combustion of ethanol as a fuel in cars is a result, the aggregated carbon dioxide air pollution is greater than poisoning by burning gasoline in cars . So, such a strategy to save imported fuel by producing fuel from corn, sugar cane, etc.. does not make sense.

Irony of our times is that while the world starves 800 million people, at the same time, a thousand million people suffer from overweight. In the U.S., the largest percentage of the population is oily in the world. Only three in ten Americans have a normal weight. Among the U.S. population overweight goes hand in hand with hunger. This happens in many countries. Even on the streets of Polish monsters begin to appear oily, as is widespread in the U.S., where being overweight is no longer a sign of wealth as it was before.

Currently, food processors buy products at the lowest price from manufacturers and then supply the market for high-calorie food for urban populations. In the U.S. there was a situation that among the poor people are overweight in addition to blatant hungry people. At the same time it can be observed that the smaller the family income is, the more likely that members of this family suffer from overweight. For many in the U.S. is the most easily available food pleasure

In a free market, the U.S. is putting pressure on third world countries that decreased duty on food imports, so that the price of imported food is often lower than the price of food produced by local farmers. Member of the third world are forced to impose them through the free market, to reduce duties established in order to protect their own farmers. Only South Korea and Japan wywalczyły the right trade-off food from the international exchange of goods for "free market.

Imposing free-market Third World countries deprives these countries need reserves in case of rising food prices. An example is India, where farmers stretched debts and commit mass suicide by poison in insecticides, rather than to experience the public humiliation of the loss of land which was inherited from their ancestors.

Many suicides among farmers in the United States began in the central states in 1980tych, as indebtedness of farmers in the high percentage of folding. This happened mainly among proprietors małorolnych farms for generations in the same family. These people could not operate in a modern agricultural economy as the U.S. and the British Isles, India and other countries. For example, in Haiti, starving people often eat mud pies. Meanwhile, increases in the world hunger crisis and the danger of obesity.
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