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The Inequality of Food Distribution Leads to Conflict

Kristin Phillips conducted research focusing on the relationship “between citizens and the state, between the powerful and powerless”, with an emphasis on food shortage and how food aid is distributed. The article states that “when politicians refuse to frame food aid as an entitlement, they affirm their own right to private property, and to become rich and powerful individual. They deny claims of the masses to the resources at their disposal, even when it is not their own property” (Phillips, 39). The public continually witnesses politicians ‘filling their bellies’, but it is morally wrong to take advantage of the power bestowed upon them and use it for their own benefit and financial gain, especially when it is at the expense of people carrying the “burden of ‘sickness’, ‘poverty’, and ‘hunger’” (Phillips, 34). Essentially, when a region encounters a shortage of food supply, food aid converts into political power.

I encountered an article that provides readers with world hunger and poverty facts/statistics. A pie chart (shown below) is provided showing the percentage of individuals globally who are living in poverty and hunger, with Asia and Africa being the top two areas encountering the harsh suffering of starvation. It should not come as a surprise that developed countries experience less shortages of food, but the statistics should be of a concern. The site also answers questions that are worthwhile to read. Readers of the article learn that although the world does produce enough food to feed everyone, many people in the world are left with an insufficient amount of environmental resources and financial assets. Therefore, as people become more desperate for their basic essentials, like food, conflict arises and violent tensions become prominent, in hope for a positive change. With violence come many unbearable consequences. This ongoing cycle needs to come to an end. With the surplus of food available in the world, it’s possible, yet politicians must begin to invest concern for the welfare of the poor, and not only their own. Many regions continue to experience states of emergency, and the rates of malnutrition shall decrease with the help of concerned political figures.

Number of Hungry People Worldwide

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2 responses to “The Inequality of Food Distribution Leads to Conflict

  1. In sentence three, you claim that developing countries experience less shortages of food. Where exactly do you obtain this information from? Aren’t Asia and Africa both developing countries who suffer from extreme shortages of food? Also, many developing countries such as Mexico suffer the consequences of shortages of food, as they have shifted from subsistence farming, to cash crop farming in areas like Baja California. Ultimately, these cash crops are exported, rather than being used to feed all of the poor and indigenous people who do suffer from hunger.

  2. Nicole ⋅

    Edwin,
    Thank you for noticing my error. I have edited it from ‘developing’ to ‘developed’ countries, which is what I had initially meant. I was referring to the pie chart below my post.
    ~ Nicole

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