The Power of Food

August 5th, 2011 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on The Power of Food

I want to share with you this remarkable and very powerful video (below) of Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN’s World Food Program, talking about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: “Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together.”

One billion people (1 in 7) go hungry every day throughout the world. In a few decades our world population will be 9 billion. Are we prepared to feed everyone? Every 10 seconds a child dies of hunger – that’s more than HIV aids, malaria, and tuberculosis combined! There are over 15 million children in the United States living in poverty, struggling every day just to get enough food.

While it may be beyond the capacity of our imagination to actually conceive of what it’s like not to have food, it’s not beyond our comprehension, and certainly not beyond our compassion. It’s not a problem of there being enough food. We grow enough food to feed everyone on the planet. The issue is access. We’re better than this… or we need to be better than this. We must.