Dear Future President,
Just in the past ten months, our global population has increased by 71,000,000 people, stated by Worldometers. There is already major scarcity of food throughout the developing countries of the world. At this rate, what will we do? According to the World Hunger Education Service, fifty-one million children under the age of five were wasted; thirteen million were severely wasted, only as of 2013. What is causing all of this hunger? The answer is poverty. As of 2016, the World Bank estimated that there were 896 million poor people in developing countries who live on $1.90 a day or less. Hunger and poverty go hand and hand. With hunger comes the physical symptoms, such as a decrease in mental functions and low levels of energy. These effects reduce people's working ability. With poverty comes the inability to purchase food. Along with a big chunk of our world's population in poverty and starvation comes the inequality of food resources. The World Hunger Education Service states that there is enough food produced for everyone in the world. Most of the world's undernourished population is located in developing regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa and the eastern and southern regions of Asia. As well as having a large percentage of undernourished people in these regions, these regions are full of poverty. As I mentioned earlier, there is enough food produced for everyone in the world, but will there be enough food for everyone at the rate that our global population is growing? Our globe is currently at 7.5 billion people, adding over 200,000 people each day (Worldometers). The key to this is equal distribution and ability to produce food. According to Humanium, the cause of unequal distribution is the difference in prices for food. The cause of the change in price are things such as change in climate or demand in certain food groups, such as meat and dairy. This again leads back to poverty. The unequal pricing causes the inability for poor regions to purchase food. To resolve this issue, we need to fix poverty with less hunger and fix hunger with less poverty. To do so, we can provide employment, as well as health care opportunities and food distribution. This will provide the poor regions with income, stable health access, and food- helping both poverty and hunger. As we now know, poverty and hunger coincide. These issues affect millions of people on the planet, and need to be fixed.
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