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15
OCT

Blog Action Day: Poverty

Filed Under: Announcements & News at 11:14 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Starving children in Africa

Today is Blog Action Day. Thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue – poverty. We aim to raise awareness, initiate action and to shake the web!

Poverty is one of the biggest problems in today’s world. A huge number of countries face this terrible issue.

We sadly watch some documentaries on television or read articles about poverty but perhaps only a few people in the United States have a real idea of how severe this issue is in many countries.

The numbers are alarming: half of the world’s population suffers from poverty according to the United Nations. African countries have the highest percentage of people living in extreme poverty. However, the situation isn’t good either in most countries in Asia, Central and South America and even some countries in Europe.

The better definition of poverty is the deprivation of common necessities that determine the quality of life, including food, clothing, shelter and drinking water. We know lack of food and poor diet may lead to an unhealthy life and diseases.

Most kids in the United States have a poor diet because they eat poorly, meaning, lots of candy, fast food, chips, chocolate, fried food, etc. American kids normally drink sodas instead of water. So, what we generally call a poor diet is, in fact, just a “wrong diet”.

The situation is quite different in countries facing poverty. Children have a poor diet because they don’t have food to eat. Starvation is a serious problem, many families cannot afford to feed their children and, therefore, kids eat poorly.

The lack of nutrients from food leads to serious diseases. Life expectancy is a lot shorter in poor countries because citizens are also unable to learn simple ways to treat health issues, such as taking a multi vitamin.

Unemployment is another factor because people do not have enough money to buy supplements or medication to stay healthy. A reality check is sometimes needed for people living in developed countries. We only deal with small social issues and tend to believe it should be considered poverty as well.

 Photo credit: www.unep.org


 7 Comments, latest by Sarah


7 Responses to “Blog Action Day: Poverty”

  1. J says:

    Eighty-nine percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year 2002, meaning that they had access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households were food insecure at least some time during that year. The prevalence of food insecurity rose from 10.7% in 2001 to 11.1% in 2002, and the prevalence of food insecurity with hunger rose from 3.3% to 3.5%. We are still lucky to have what we have compared to the undeveloped countries.

  2. denise says:

    yes your right but what should we the lucky ones do for all those who are so unfortunate. We should be and can be helping one child or person at a time. We can’t feed all but each one of us who are so lucky, can help one person. Imagine what we could do! one needy person per family, that is lucky. What a wonderful world we would be making. Make today the day you will do something to help another person have food they want and need so desperately. Together we can make a child have a smile on his or her face.

  3. Jackson says:

    Thank you for a very informative data. Learning this will be truly helpful. Every person is the author of his body. Lose weight and be healthy.

  4. Dillion says:

    Well said, finally a good report on this stuff

  5. Roy59 says:

    Good, I thought, we can use some Sunshine on a Sunday.

  6. Chantel Bernardini says:

    Great guide, and thanks for taking the time to publish it; I’m positive otheres benefited too. It really opened my eyes for some new conclusions that I hadn’t thought of before.

  7. Sarah says:

    I think this is great that you have provided some information.

    I wanted to bring up a point that was not made however, and that is regarding the source of the problem. We all know that there are millions of people starving in the world. We are familiar with food banks, charitable organizations and sponsorships. However, I’d like to point out that these means only treat the symptoms of a larger problem, which is the underdevelopment that we contribute to everyday by buying food from large companies who have stolen land from local farmers. This happens everywhere; Africa, Latin America, Asia, etc.

    For example, Del Monte, a leading manufacturer in canned fruits and vegetables owns more than 50,000 acres of Guatemala, however they only plant on 9,000 of them. They keep the rest of the land idle, and in doing so they make the Guatemalan people dependent upon them for labor, in which they get paid extremely low wages, barely enough to survive, and also since there is less land for the Guatemalans to grow subsistence crops (crops crown for sustainability) they depend on Del Monte for their food supply.

    In this situation, and in many others, the farmers are harvesting crops for Del Monte, but are then stripped from any rights of the crops. The crops belong to Del Monte, and therefore the farmers must buy the crops they harvested at the consumer price. This cycle perpetuates poverty and is the basis for people not being able to feed themselves, and being affected by hunger.

    This case is not an anomaly, this is a very common practice that most large food corporations are a part of. Another famous company is Cadbury, from Cadbury chocolates.

    If we are to end world hunger we must focus our energy on consumer education and responsibility and must insist on fair business practices that do not exploit others. It is only then that we will be able to see any progress in world hunger.

    And just another comment, if you do some searching you’ll find information about how much land we really purchase from other countries so that we can use them as plantations. Google search America buying land in Ethiopia. We are essentially kicking people off their land. They have to where to go, no access to clean water, to land to grow subsistence crops or other resources.

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