Factors of World Hunger Essay

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World hunger is an issue that has been pondered for many years. Why is the most basic human need such a problem for so much of the world’s population? With the considerable resources the modern free world has at its disposal, why does this problem continue to plague mankind across so much of the globe? The root of the problem is not the lack of food available to feed the world’s population. The core of the issue is rooted in complex political and economic policies. This issue is exacerbated by centuries-old cultural rivalries that are not easily addressed or erased. Some are even based in deep religious convictions and differences which can cause almost incomprehensible intolerance among otherwise similar peoples.

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In fact, in the direst poverty stricken areas, populations are nearly forced back in time to the roles of hunter-gatherers; excluded from advances in technology that allow the wealthy to live life without the fear of starvation or the worries of providing sustenance to their families day to day. Living life with the ever-existent fear of starving is something most of us will thankfully never have to endure. As we are elevated from this base struggle, we are enabled to focus our lives on much more. So much of the world is not as fortunate.

Many attempts have been made to distribute food excesses to nations and regions experiencing the worst levels of starvation. These humanitarian efforts are most often only effective in the very short term. These “focused band aids” can usually only relieve an immediate day to day crisis but do not sustain a long term recovery or provide an efficient solution to prevent the continued propagation of the base issue. The base issue is money. Lack of money creates poverty. Control of and access to money creates wealth and power. The power to control the policies that determine the governance of peoples and subsequently the power to finally control the distribution of food is the issue that is not and cannot be addressed by these humanitarian recovery efforts. Governments are often receptive to these offers of humanitarian assistance, but sometimes quite

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