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Food Production

Imagine ten children at a table dividing up food. The three healthiest load their plates with large portions, including most of the meat, fish, milk and eggs. They eat what they want and dis# card the leftovers. Two other children get just enough to meet their basic requirements. The remaining five are left wanting. Three of them -- sickly, nervous, apathetic children -- manage to stave off the feeling of hunger by filling up on bread and rice. The other two cannot do even that. One dies from dysentery and the second from pneumonia, which they are too weak to ward off.


Production and Distribution

These children represent the human family. If present world food production were evenly divided among all the world's people, with minimal waste, everyone would have enough. Barely enough, perhaps, but enough. However, the world's food supply is not evenly divided. The rich 30 percent of the world produces about 60 percent of the food, and consumes about 50 percent of it.

You might conclude from this that the problem is one of distribution, and to a large extent it is. The distribution of food among nations and within nations could be greatly improved through various reforms, all of them complex and most of them long-range -- such as providing jobs and incomes that would ennable the very poor to buy the food they need. To adequately nourish everyone with present levels of production would take a near-utopian arrangement, and even that would not insure

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vi
  • Preface ix
  • Part I - The Struggle for Bread 1
  • 1 - Hunger 3
  • 2 - Food Production 14
  • 3 - Population 27
  • Part II - Bread and Justice 37
  • 4 - Haves" and "Have Nots 39
  • 5 - Environment, Resources and Growth 47
  • 6 - Up from Hunger 58
  • Part III - The Need for a U.S. Commitment on Hunger 71
  • 7 - The Rediscovery of America 73
  • 8 - Hunger Usa 82
  • 9 - Trade: a Hunger Issue 90
  • 10 - The Role Of Investment Abroad 102
  • 11 - Foreign Aid: A Case for Reform 110
  • 12 - Let Them Eat Missiles 122
  • Part IV - A Program for Action 131
  • 13 - A Citizens' Movement 133
  • 14 - What Can I Do? 143
  • The Right to Food - A Statement of Policy (provisional Draft) By Bread for the World 165
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