About Hunger

About Hunger

Hunger Facts
  • 1,300,000,000 (1.3 Billion) people or 1 in every 4 in the world live in absolute poverty. 800,000,000 (8 hundred million) people do not get enough to eat. ( 1 in 4 children)
  • 16,000,000 (16 million) people around the world die of malnutrition every year. Everyday 34,000 children under the age of five die from hunger and related causes. that's 24 every minute or 1 every 2.5 seconds.
  • 50% of children in low income countries will die before the age of 15. (30% before the age of 5)
  • 20% of the world's people consume 80% of the earth's resources. If everyone consumed at the same level as the people in the United States, it would take 4-5 more planet Earth's to support us.
  • 25% or 1 in 4 people cannot get access to safe, clean drinking water.
  • 30 million people are hungry. (12 million of them children which is 1 in 5)
  • 38 million people lived in poverty, (that's more than the entire population of California)
  • In California, the wealthiest state, 5.2 million people live in poverty and 2.2 million children are hungry or at risk of hunger.
  • The infant mortality rate is closely linked to nutrition deficiencies among pregnant women. The United States ranks 19th among 23 developed nations in infant mortality.
  • More people have died as a consequence of hunger in the past 5 years than have been killed in all the wars, revolutions and murders in the past 150 years.
Statistics provided by Bread for The World, Pop. Reference Bureau, and the US. Census Bureau

What if in six years you had to grow all of your own food?

Sounds crazy, doesn't it? At our current rate of population growth, resource use, and earth abuse, there won't be enough arable land, petrochemicals, seeds, or even farmers to live "as high on the hog" as we are currently. In 1859 Abraham Lincoln saw the possibility of a fruitless world . He stated, "Erelong the greatest of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the soil". Recent statistics from WorldWatch Institute, Earthwatch, United Nations, Scientific American among others, have tallied serious figures. Between the years 2005 and 2039, we will be forced to address the issue of food production.

Should we worry? If we become more conscious consumers and change the our viewpoint of buying food with little connection to where or how it arrived there, we may not have to worry. Most of our food comes from beyond the boundaries of local supermarkets and restaurants and. is imported from around the world. Imported food and fertilizers from foreign and exotic places imports the political issues of that region as well. U.S. mechanized agriculture imports 33% of the chemicals used for for production, increasing rainforest degradation, desertification, air and water pollution on the earth.

What can we do? Plant an apple tree or two and a couple of zucchini plants. Keep our gardens organic, water them daily, and watch your garden grow. The experience will bring you back in touch with a life less complicated. There will have an abundant harvest for yourself, your family and your friends. Let us create the presence of peace, nonviolence, and global prosperity by taking responsibility and becoming conscious consumers of food.