As you may or may not know, World Food Day is tomorrow (16 October). It's supposed to increase sensitivity to world hunger, malnutrition, poverty and encourage agricultural production with a view of mitigating these, among other things.
All great, all seemingly good intentions. What really
gets me going is when I read articles like this, http://www.america.gov/st/develop-english/2010/October/201010141743...^ “When we’re talking about ending global hunger, we’re talking about the issue of food security and nutrition. You can’t and you won’t end global
hunger unless you also address the issue of nutrition, and that concept
has been embraced by CSF” - Etharin Cousin, US ambassador to UN food & agriculture agencies.
Yes, of course,
point well made. But let's call to mind the facts: 925 MILLION
UNDERNOURISHED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!!! In 2010, this is absolutely obscene! And here we have the US, which feeds 80%
of its grain to FARM ANIMALS, saying we need to do more to end global hunger!!!! "Doing more" is not going to cut it...increasing food aid is not going to cut it...mixing powdered milk & sugar + vitamins to create "peanut butter for the hungry" is not going to cut it....Sure it will save lives and yes, it will make us feel good about ourselves. What we truly need, though, is to completely divorce ourselves from the idea that animals and their secretions/ovulations are a food source. Only then do we have a chance to reverse this madness where we, the "elite," grow food to feed animals, to feed ourselves, to supposedly be at optimal health (because only animal protein builds healthy humans!), only to commit slow mass suicide, all the while watching the "less fortunate" starve to their own deaths. It has been demonstrated, and we are now (slowly but surely) realizing that this is simply unsustainable, to say nothing more on the issue of health.
But what about the malnourished, undernourished, chronically hungry? I think, at this rate, we aren't going to have any sort of positive effect on such a large figure. Am I completely hopeless? No. Does it make me furious? Yes! But I am somewhat consoled knowing that I am no longer supporting the animal farming industry (to the best of my knowledge) and that more and more people are choosing to go vegan; and better yet, LFRV. This is not something that I will live to see in my lifetime, but I do have faith that if (hu)mankind doesn't destroy itself first, we will eventually, one day, leave behind this absurd self-centered practice and finally begin to adequately address the issues that concern us as a whole.