One of the biggest injustices of our modern society is world hunger and there is an upcoming book about this topic written by Martin Caparros. Hunger: The Oldest Problem serves to document Caparros’ journey around the world in search of an answer to this question: Why is it that world hunger remains such a problem?
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To understand what brought up this question, Caparros had to study the statistics, which he talks about in an article on The Hill. There are over 800 million starving people in the world, and approximately one person dies from hunger every four seconds. These are some very scary numbers.
Caparros tries to find the truth in his book, and learns a lot about hunger. For example, hunger is no longer represented as traditional images of people starving. Rather, hunger exists as people not eating enough and being too weak to fight off viruses that well-fed people in other countries would merely consider a nuisance. It paints a pretty grim picture.
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More facts that Caparros includes are England throwing away half of the food it makes every year, or that hunger has transitioned from a plague to a political decision. It’s a political decision, according to Caparros, because the world makes enough food to feed everyone on the planet, plus an additional half. So, if there’s 8 billion people on Earth, we make enough food to feed 12 billion. How is it possible that hunger is still a prominent issue?
While Caparros doesn’t have a full answer to that, his book is his way of investigating it. If you’re interested in reading it, you can pre-order it on Amazon from the link above.
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