2010 Hunger Report

The Bread for the World Institute, a public policy analysis and advocacy group dedicated to the study and ending of hunger, has just released its 2010 Hunger Report, ‘A Just and Sustainable Recovery’. This 166-page report discusses in depth a number of interrelated issues centered around the phenomenon of global and national hunger. The Institute indicates that, in their appraisal,

“An estimated 1.02 billion people in the world go hungry.

“Each year, 3 million under-five children die because they are undernourished. Far more children live with undernutrition than die from it. For infants and young children, the effects of chronic malnutrition in the early years of life are largely irreversible.

“In the United States, 11.7 million children live in households where people have to skip meals or eat less to make ends meet. That means one in ten households in the U.S. are living with hunger or are at risk of hunger.

“But we CAN end hunger.

“We have the means. The financial costs to end hunger are relatively slight. The United Nations Development Program estimates that the basic health and nutrition needs of the world’s poorest people could be met for an additional $13 billion a year. Animal lovers in the United States and Europe spend more than that on pet food each year.”

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