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  •  The link is from 2008. (2+ / 0-)
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    AgavePup, parryander

    This just is not true. Hunger has many roots and causes, and there are hundreds of millions of people in Africa for whom the biggest problems with malnutrition are rooted in politics. Money does not solve every problem.

    •  I'm amazed by how fast the Resident Right (7+ / 0-)

      descended on the notion that feeding poor people might be a good way to prevent them from starving to death.

      "Furthermore, if you think this would be the very very last cut ever if we let it happen, you are a very confused little rabbit." cai

      by JesseCW on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:17:59 AM PST

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      •  We need a change of heart. We need to (1+ / 0-)
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        isabelle hayes

        take seriuously the problems of people we do not see. There are hungry people all over the world, including right here in the US. But they are invisible to us as a society. We have blinders on. We as Americans are very self involved. Most people in this country have not thought about hungry people in a very serious or deep way. As long as it does not happen to us or people we know we do not care.

        Food and water are basic security issues. And the "free markets" have done a very poor job of distributing food and water fairly. Same goes for housing. We are drowning in abudence while the rest of the world toils to provide us everything we want. And at cheap prices. The price we pay for that is a bloated and outsized military to protect our "national interests". Climate change is only going to make matters worse. Crops will be harder to grow and we will see more natural disasters. Where we could with our wealth and our universities and our research facilities be providing solutions we waste our time on useless wars and political bickering over outdated useless ideologies that do not work and have never worked. Face it for 5.5 billion people capitalism is a complete bust. But for about 3 million people worldwide it works really well for them. How is this just?

      •  Funny, isn't it? (1+ / 0-)
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        MJ via Chicago

        The post you're responding to could have been something like "your figures are off, diarist, but let's feed the hungry anyway, and let's help them learn to feed themselves."

        That would have been an accurate, but also compassionate, reading of the diary.

        Any significant cut to the social safety net ends my support of the Democratic party.

        by MrJayTee on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:18:09 PM PST

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    •  2008 (9+ / 0-)

      Just because a report was done a few years ago does not make it invalid. Sure, it's not exact. Maybe it takes $35 Billion or $38 billion.

      Money does not solve every problem. But this is a fairly trivial amount of money and it could have an enormous global  impact.

      It's time for cheaper solar power! Zenman Energy

      by ZenManProject on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:20:14 AM PST

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    •  40% US Food goes uneaten (6+ / 0-)

      The US is wasting nearly half of its food - IF we could just fix that there could be an abundance of food

      "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

      by josephk on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:10:48 AM PST

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