Thursday, January 19, 2006




A world wide survey was conducted by the U.N. last year.

The only question asked was:
"Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions
to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"

The survey was not a success.

In Africa they didn't know what 'food' meant.
In Eastern Europe they didn't know what 'honest' meant.
In Western Europe they didn't know what 'shortage' meant.
In China they didn't know what 'opinion' meant.
In the Middle East they didn't know what 'solution' meant.
In South America they didn't know what 'please' meant.
And in the U.S.A. they didn't know what 'the rest of the world' meant.


Vee said...

That's so sad and disturbing Dimitri.

Zee said...

Child hunger and poverty is probably a multilayered ordeal. The main cause seems to be mostly rooted in the political environment of the child. The long-term solution is is not to ship more food to refugee camps, though that is honorable, but to change the "climate" and environment for peoples of famine altogether.
The "west" has large responsibilities in this matter since "they" were historically often the root of the problem.
Shipping grain or money is just a sedative to calm the conscientiousness of already troubled minds.
As long as there are companies like Monsato monopolizing food production world wide by trademarking genetically eneniered crops, quenching the life blood out of local native farmers unable to buy the seeds from Monsato and on top of it having the restriction of not being allowed to produce their own seeds, famine will remain unchanged.

Zee said...

your banner is annoying - don't need no stinking sound effects...

Lesley said...

There is more to the world?:-)

Zee said...

show it to me baby!
"There is more..." Where?

Lorraine said...

I don't know what to say, I like the way you presented your post, the content tears me apart. Is it too simple to hope that eventually human beings will respect each other. 'Cause I don't see how poverty and famine will ever be resolved.
Damnit will it ever end?

Mother Damnable said...

It's Capitalism that causes this, which only "works" for the select few and is murdering my mother, the Earth.

"Ah well change it then you live in a Democracy"

As if a choice of two political parties with the same policies was ever any choice at all!

Two Damns and five Damnables!

Lindsay Lobe said...

The past policies implemented by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have proven to be ineffective in breaking the cycle of poverty in poor countries and particularly sub Saharan Africa.

The assistance imposed conditions on the donee countries, such as privatisation and public cost cutting to ensure a surplus to repay loans. This assistance should have been by way of grants, not loans and directed to providing investments in vital infrastructure such as education, basic health, safe drinking water and reducing the costs of agricultural inputs to the farming community.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals seeks to address these issues and provide non restrictive additional funding from donor counties. But it remains to be seen what transpires but the early signs are not encourging, including the reluctance of the rich countries to provide additional funding.

I can tell you from first hand experience there is so much help the west can provide, with out any strings attached, as one community helps another. Help for adult literacy, basic heath care, improved nutrition and alternatives to over reliance on maize diets,new skills in different industries such as tailoring, soap making. weaving, inter farm co operatives and communications.

It’s also of vital importance massive agricultural subsidies paid by the European and North American countries are phased out, as they directly export poverty. The total annual value exceeds the 3rd world debt. It means the poor contrives are unable to sell their produce at fair prices on world markets.
By way of example the subsidy paid for one litre of milk at about $1.40 is exceeds the total daily income of a Farmer in Malawi.

Elizabeth Green said...

This is a huge problem. I don't even have any good ideas for how to solve it. All I know is that, somehow, we have to let these people make their countries self-sufficient instead of having to rely on other countries for food. That would be a start. It's so sad.

Lenren said...

Really like your blog....Got a link on Kathleen's. This is horrible.I just can not imagine why this is not a bigger priority.

DA said...

It is Vee. We spend billions of dollars in flying to mars and forget the unhappy few around us.

I agree the current way isn't sufficient Zee. But what is?

That was exactly the purpose Zee.

There is Lesley, I agree. But this is reality too..

I hope it can end if everyone recognizes the problems and are willing to contribute Lorraine..

You're right Morther D. The new world order with their illumnati networks make the rules here. Damn again.

Good points Lesley, good alternatives as well. We just have to start doing. By the way, the subsidizing of Milk and butter led to buttermountains and milk quota. Now it is "rotting away" in large storage areas.

That would be the ultimate goal I think, to have them be self sufficient Elisabeth. We have to export knowledge and invent solutions to overcome local boundries.

Thx for stopping by Amber. I agree.

Worried said...

Too true, sadly, sadly, so true.

JEFM said...

Have them be self-sufficient ... oh ... that's going to take a lot of time and money, but those are the easy things. Something more precious is needed and they are the only ones who have it ... political/social will and desire.


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