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UN Tells Us To Fast For Global Hunger

From a context free Associated Press:

UN agency calls for global fast against hunger


ROME — The head of a U.N. food agency called on people around the world Wednesday to join him in a day of fasting to highlight the plight of undernourished people, whose ranks have surged past 1 billion in the global economic crisis.

Jacques Diouf, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization, said he hoped the move would encourage action by world leaders who will take part in a three-day food summit at the agency’s headquarters starting Monday.

Presenting the summit goals to reporters, Diouf called for "a global day of hunger strike" on the eve of the summit to show solidarity with the world’s hungry.

Diouf said he would begin a 24-hour fast on Saturday morning. The agency also launched an online petition against world hunger.

The Rome-based agency announced earlier this year that hunger now affects a record 1.02 billion, or one in six people, with the financial meltdown, high food prices, drought and war blamed.

FAO hopes its World Summit on Food Security, with some 60 heads of state so far expected to attend, will endorse a new strategy to combat hunger, focusing on increased investment in agricultural development for poor countries.

The long-term increase in the number of hungry is largely tied to reduced aid and private investments earmarked for agriculture since the mid-1980s, according to the agency

They are among 31 countries that have reached or are on track to meet the goal set by world leaders nine years ago to cut the number of hungry people in half by 2015, he said.

"Eradicating hunger is no pipe dream," Diouf said. "The battle against hunger can be won."

The FAO says global food output will have to increase by 70 percent to feed a projected population of 9.1 billion in 2050.

To achieve that, poor countries will need $44 billion in annual agricultural aid, compared with the current $7.9 billion, to increase access to irrigation systems, modern machinery, seeds and fertilizer as well as build roads and train farmers.

What timing!

World leaders are having a summit about how to combat hunger right before their ‘climate change’ conference in Copenhagen, which wants to give us a cooler world with a far shorter growing season.

But of course, as always, this story always boils down to the ‘rich countries’ need to send more money to the ‘poor countries.’

What a shock.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “UN Tells Us To Fast For Global Hunger”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    I’ll bet that ol’ Jock dumps a bigger pile of dodo Wednesday night than a whole village in Somalia.
    No meals will be missed by Jock but some libwit Hollywood type may throw up after eating ….. just for the cause.

  2. beautyofreason says:

    The problem with world hunger can be reduced if corrupt third world governments address their own internal failings. People would not starve and sell body parts in North Korean markets if the government modeled the economy on South Korea. As of now N.K. runs propaganda campaigns on the nutritional value of grass.

    Food aid has good intentions and alleviates suffering but it can also prop up the same conditions that allow starvation. If the Palestinians hadn’t destroyed the green house industries left over by Jews leaving Gaza, they might not be dependent on food aid with their mentality of victim hood and Islamic extremism. Even though most Palestinians hate our country, the Obama administration gave 900 million in tax payer dollars to Fatah in the West Bank.

    The U.S. and our charities foot the bill for many causes – yet our country remains scorned by most of the world. I sometimes fail to see the point.

  3. proreason says:

    People who live in small towns and in the country help each other. Life there is simpler than in cities, and people are more honest. Crime is unusual in small towns.

    In cities, people are crammed in together. There is more competition of resources, space, and wealth. In cities, people become hustlers. It’s inevitable. Everybody else is doing it it, so the pressure to become a shyster is nearly irresistable. People don’t know their neighbors. They lock their doors. They don’t trust other people, and they grow to be at best, jaded, but more commonly, outright dishonest.

    The world now is run by city people.

    And so is our country.

    Everything is just a hustle now.

    And white Americans who live in fly-over country are the marks for the world and for our own government.

    And EVERYTHING the UN does is a hustle. And we are always the suckers who are supposed to pay.

  4. Confucius says:

    So, Mr. Diouf’s solution to end world-hunger is for everyone to go hungry?

    Only a liberal could conjure up such stupidity.

  5. puhiawa says:

    Doesn’t a meal against hunger make more sense?

  6. AmericanIPA says:

    A petition against world hunger? What are they, beauty pageant contestants? I think we should also have an online petition against cancer killing people, and one in support of cute puppies.

    All these useless nitwits ever do is promote “awareness”. That’s the perfect facade for these one world socialist busybodies. That way they can damn those who don’t go along with everything they say, while at the same time do absolutely nothing to fix their pet problems. What good has awareness of AIDS, hunger, drug abuse, child abuse, etc. ever done?

    It’s funny how the problem can always be solved with more money but there is never enough money. I guess bureaucrats never make enough but bankers and executives in private business always do.

  7. crosspatch says:

    One major way to help end hunger in places like Africa is to stop feeding them. Seriously. Because we keep “rescuing” them, they do not develop internal sources of food. They don’t have to because we are “saving” them to death. They engage in petty wars and burn down farms and destroy croplands and can get away with it because they collect tons of “food aid”. The system as designed gives them no incentive to solve their problems internally.

    We just need to stop feeding them to death and let them work out their own problem. If their internal violence led to famine, they would stop it.

  8. crosspatch says:

    This youtube video (20 min) is an example.

    Despite receiving vast sums in foreign aid, Ethiopians are becoming more destitute. A documentary by Journey Man Pictures was produced in Nov 2003 when 14 million Ethiopians faced starvation. The documentary investigated the negative impact of Food Aid to Ethiopia.

  9. Right of the People says:

    What amazes me about the people in these “starving” third world countries is even with the obvious shortage of food and other resources they still reproduce like rabbits. Let’s see, I don’t have enough to feed my family, what should I do? I know, let’s have some more kids. Sheeesh!

    You’re spot on, city people are ruining this country. What I hate is when a bunch of these city folk move into a rural area like here in Vermont because they supposedly want to get away from the stress of the big city, the first thing they complain about is the lack of conveniences. They want mini-marts, and wine and specialty food stores and all kinds of other crap. I tell them just to go the hell back to their precious city and leave us alone. There aren’t too many liberals in the country and that’s the way we like it.

  10. GL0120 says:

    We’ve been sending food for ages and they’re still starving.
    As the immortal Sam Kinison once said – This is sand, know what it was twenty five years ago – SAND! We have deserts in the United States, the difference is, we don’t live in them! Pack up your stuff, we’re taking you to where the food is.

    • Confucius says:

      I remember Sam Kinison and his diatribes on “saving” the always-starving African population. He said it would be better if the planes that air dropped food instead stopped, picked up the starving and relocated them to a non-desert.

      I miss Mr. Kinison’s humor.

      Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!! Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!

  11. BigOil says:

    All this talk about food by the UN has made me hungry. I think a T-Bone, extra thick, is in on order.

  12. U NO HOO says:

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

    Teach a man to fish and you can sell him bait, hooks, line, reels, rods, nets, and creels for the rest of his life.

  13. DW says:

    OK, so just to recap:
    Some 60 heads of state are going to fly to Rome (in big, smoky, gas-guzzling, greenhouse gas-producing jets) along with their aides, secretaries, security personnel, etc.
    They will stay in the finest of hotels and will be wined and dined lavishly.
    All this so that they may discuss the problems of people who do not have enough to eat.

    Then, many of them will be off to Copenhagen. There, they will again be housed in the finest of hotels with nice, warm, comfortable suites. None of these people will climb into a cold limousine for the ride to the conferences. Such vehicles will be allowed to idle long enough to warm up and defrost the windows.
    In Copenhagen they will be discussing how to make people reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (just as they’ve discussed recently in Bali, Indonesia: Honolulu, Hawaii: Bangkok, Thailand; Montreal, Canada -to name but a very few of their stops).

    How’s this for a crazy idea: All these nice people can stay the hell home and videoconference. The money they save on these frequent and lavish trips can be spent on food for the hungry and the saving in greenhouse gases might be spread around so that some poor, struggling bastard in Arsehole, Idaho doesn’t have to kill and eat one of his own kids in order to save money to heat his home in the winter.
    Silly thoughts, I know, but I think until these leeches start making at least an attempt to lead by example, I don’t think I’ll be wasting much time -say, more than half a second or so- taking them even remotely seriously.

    Excuse me. Gotta go check on that moose roast…

  14. Chuckk says:

    I can fast for a week and it will not put a single grain of rice in the bowl of a hungry African. Mindless symbolism.

  15. wirenut says:

    PRO, an DW, you both just smoked the camels nose from under the tent. If “we” can’t fly, how can we help “them”?
    Excuse me while I regurgitate, can I biggie size that? I would rather burn in Hell by doing nothing, than pretending to do something.
    Real people are hurting, and they don’t care.

  16. Rusty Shackleford says:

    As long as there have been people on the face of the Earth, there has been hunger and starvation. This very thing was largely a motivating factor in creating tribal unity and migration to where the food is.

    Zooming ahead 3.5 million years, we now live in a world where words are the weapon of choice for securing new food sources because…after all, it’s easier than hunting, raising cattle, growing crops and being self-sufficient. Along with that, food is an excellent form of currency when dealing with megalomaniacs like Idi Amin.

    However, as long as people exist, there will be those who can secure a safe haven for themselves and provide for themselves and their families. And there will be those who cannot. Those who cannot, unfortunately, should die. Sorry to be so blunt but when it comes down to it, and I have a pile of food and I know I need it…I am not going to give it away to someone who will merely consume it and be a liability.

    It’s odd that the greenies condemn those who have and who exploit natural resources for their own survival…and then say how they take away from the rest. Well, to do so is to ignore the natural human instinct of survival. And the greenies LOVE to go against that grain…unless it has to do with open marriages, gays, injecting foreign substances in the body to get high, etc.

    Lesson number one: As you grow, learn to fend for yourself.
    Lesson number two: When you get older, don’t have sex until you can provide FOOD and SHELTER for yourself and your offspring.

    Very simple. However, the warped values of our liberals seem to think that we are somehow obligated to help India, and all the African nations with their overpopulation problems. If your religion tells you to keep making babies regardless of the food supply, then obviously something’s amiss. If you doubt my word, read “Angela’s Ashes”. Nice tale about an Irish family that has too many mouths to feed in poverty-stricken Ireland and many of them die. I’m sure Frankie McCourt would have a thing or two to say about procreation without any food around.

    Part of this is why the westernized families have often limited themselves to fewer children over time. The obvious consequence is that the poor and less-capable will simply breed them out of existence. For every home-grown white kid in the US, the black, hispanic, other “families” reproduce at about a rate of 2.5 to 1. Looking at it from a strictly scientific point of view, white folks will be the minority very soon and the “social justice” brigade will continue the march and that will be the end of that. If they think whitey is prejudiced, they ain’t seen nothing yet. Look at “modern day” Africa. Yeah….great. Everybody’s fartin’ rainbows over there. Same with the middle east. Such peace, tranquility and harmony.

    Our 144 years of not having warfare on our home turf has spoiled us as well. Insulated us. We never think about such things.

    But guess what? They’re coming…and we know it. Illegally in the millions. They saw what we have and they aim to take it and remake it. And….it’ll end up looking like a comic book rendition of its former self and it’s already starting. When the social justice brigade has taken over our government and is redistributing the wealth and doing all the things it’s doing right now, then that signals the beginning of the end.

    “I want it” has become the mantra of the have-nots and it is now accompanied by “I deserve it” without so much as lifting a finger to get it. Along with that we have the cabal of “do-gooders” who find it a perfectly ripe opportunity to create a “socially just” society based on them being on top and “providing” for the masses. Sadly the ignorant misguided masses think they are being catered to.

    History repeats itself. It has me so discouraged and saddened that I will probably live out the rest of my life, not enjoying my middle age and retirement, but resenting the machine that created more hoops for me to jump through, more regulation, more brick walls and more bureaucracy than ever before. All run by mindless idiots who just think it’s cool that they has dem a gubbmint job.

    It has recreated a deep-seated hatred of blacks, illegal immigrants and all those who aim to take down or ignore, or both, the system that works. All over some misconception that it’s “socially unjust”. Well, just walk outside….injustice is all over the place and you CAN’T fix it. You have to protect yourself FIRST. That means, when you sign a contract you READ what it SAID. That when you steal and get caught, you get punished.

    So….if you’re hungry…tough s**t. I was hungry once too. I got a job….I feed myself. What’s that? You say you CAN’T feed yourself because there’s no food? Well, then….I can’t help you. If I give food aid to your government, they will steal it and use it as money to buy weapons to keep you oppressed. If I come there and give you food directly then you will become dependent on me to feed you. I have to cut my losses here. Sad but true how man’s cruelty to man has caused people so much harm but it’s not up to me to fix it. Yes, they will die.

    I abhor the idea but even more, I abhor the choices people make to put themselves into such a position. That’s the real cruelty of life.

    Wave a magic wand and save the world of hunger? Can’t be done.

  17. wirenut says:

    Rusty, Plant the seeds of liberty and freedom throughout your travels. The fruits of your labor will come to harvest.
    All crops have a season. The “left” planted over fifty years ago. Now is the time for crop rotation. Weed out the weak
    and demand the hybrids that founded this Nation. Like you , I’m still pick’n seeds. This much can be done!

  18. MinnesotaRush says:

    BTW .. just how much money has been spent so far “feeding the world”?


    Looks like Jacque’s eating okay. And his tailor is who ….???

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