Saturday, April 12, 2008

Is World Hunger New?

With the recent food riots in Haiti, everyone is acting as if hunger is a new thing.

"For the first time in decades", writes the Globe and Mail's Eric Reguly, "the spectre of widespread hunger for millions looms as food prices explode."

For the first time in decades? No. This is just the first time in decades that people have been paying attention. Remember "We are the World"? That was sometime in the middle of the 1980s.

In 1996 at the U.N. World Food Summit, the developed nations pledged to cut world hunger in half by 2015.

And this is "the first time in decades"? Maybe it's just the first time it might start to affect developed nations. 'cause trust me, people have been starving for a long, long time.

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