The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Hunger Amidst Plenty

Oct 16, 2017

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) just reported that world hunger has increased in recent years. Yet the world is producing more food than ever – enough to feed everyone!

The FAO report estimated 800 million people lack sufficient food, the big majority of them in Africa, Asia, and war-torn areas with refugees, like the Middle East.

In fact, a majority of those going hungry are in the war-torn areas. In some parts of South Sudan, for example, 40 percent of the people are suffering severe hunger and food deprivation that is “being used as a weapon of war.”

In Yemen, 60 percent of the population lives in hunger, with similar conditions in Nigeria and Somalia. In Syria, an estimated 85 percent of the surviving population now struggles in poverty, with more than 6 million people suffering persistent hunger.

These wars are pushed and fed directly by U.S. imperialism, while even here in the U.S. itself, millions of children living in poverty also go hungry and are malnourished.

Insufficient food has drastic consequences on the development of children’s physical and mental health. Lack of salt, affecting poor people in more than 50 countries, also contributes to damage to growing children.

The world produces more food than ever in history while hundreds of millions, especially children, grow up with permanent damage from hunger. There is no worse indictment of the world’s economy under capitalism.