WORLD HUNGER: Twelve Myths by Frances Moore & Joseph Collins Lappe

WORLD HUNGER: Twelve Myths

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A compilation and refutation of some of the most widespread myths and misunderstandings that citizens in the rich nations of the West have concerning the causes of the widespread hunger in the world. More than 500 million people are chronically undernourished today. ""Most of the hungry in the world are women and the children they care for. Most of those who die from hunger every year are children."" Over the last 25 years, the US has sent more than $30 billion in food aid to the Third World, yet during that period hunger has increased worldwide. Lappe and Collins show that just about everything most Americans believe about world hunger is wrong. Their marshalling of facts is convincing about their main thesis: there is no shortage of food in the world. The problem is poor distribution of the food available--and poverty. When people are too poor to buy the food grown in their country, a great deal of it will be exported--while they go hungry. Nor is lack of land the problem. ""China has only half the cropland per person as India, yet Indians suffer widespread and severe hunger while the Chinese do not. Taiwan and South Korea each have only half the farmland per person found in Bangladesh, yet no one speaks of overcrowding causing hunger in Taiwan and South Korea."" The only solution, they say, is an increase in democracy in hunger-stricken nations, redistribution of land to small farmers, who farm more intensively than large landholders, and a restructuring of economic arrangements to encourage increased food production and to discourage food exports from countries with hungry populations. This is an expanded and updated version of an earlier work, Ten Myths About Worm Hunger. Lappe and Collins are cofounders of the Institute for Food and Development Policy based in San Francisco, a research organization. A readable, significant work.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1986
ISBN: 0802135919
Publisher: Grove