World Hunger Essay

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World Hunger

This web page's goal is to introduce the visitor to the problem of world hunger and provide ways to access more information through books and other web sites. The page was created as a final project for an Environmental History class held at the University of Vermont spring semester 2000.

Overview

World hunger is one of the many dire problems facing the human race. Although the common person probably won't have a big impact on ending world hunger, but by being aware of the issues you become empowered. It is first necessary discuss some other the myths about the reasons for world hunger. World hunger is not caused by population increase, but it is one of the factors. The global grain production is high enough to
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Other powers would force the people to grow marketable goods that would be taxed and exported. Before the invasion of colonial powers, many of the cultures had systems devise that ensured everyone got enough food to eat. Not only have the corporations converted the third world to export based economies, but they also control the prices they purchase the good for to ensure profit. There are also inequalities from with in the third world nations. There is great inequality in land ownership; very few wealth landowners hold the majority of the land. The other necessary resources needed for agriculture including water for irrigation, fertilizers, pesticides and equipment are also monopolized. Inequalities among races also effects hunger. Slavery is the most extreme case of racism directly causes hunger. Racism serves as a way to keep non-white people in the low paying jobs. All of these inequality among nations, with in nations and between people is an inefficient use of the resources. Small plots of land that grow many different crops is the best use of land.

Similar to the reasons for world hunger, there are misleading solutions. The increase in local production of the exported goods is not a solution because the profits continue to flow into the pockets of the corporations. The green revolution is not a solution either. The problem being the farmers cannot afford the seeds, fertilizers and pesticides needed to grow the

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