GLOBAL ERADICATION OF HUNGER

Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. (Anne Frank)

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include this goal:

Goal 2- Zero Hunger – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Zero Hunger targets include:

By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, specifically the poor and vulnerable people, such as infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.

Plant-Exclusive Foods Can Provide The Solution Now!

We are currently already growing enough plant foods to feed 10 billion people – but we feed over 50% of grain to livestock.

Each day, a person who eats a plant-exclusive diet would not only save 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life – but also many malnourished and starving human lives.

Reportedly 21,000 people die every single day of hunger, or hunger-related causes.

The United Nations Global Goals initiative wants to end global hunger by 2030 – but we already have the solution right here, right now if the planet adopted a vegan lifestyle and ate only plant-exclusive foods.

Hunger Facts

  • 805 million people – or one in nine people in the world – do not have enough to eat.
  • 98% of the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries.
  • Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
  • The vast majority of hungry people (791 million) live in developing countries, where 13.5 percent of the population is chronically undernourished.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than one in four people remain chronically undernourished, while Asia, the world’s most populous region, is also home to the majority of the hungry – 526 million people
  • Price and income swings can significantly affect the poor and hungry. When prices rise, consumers often shift to cheaper, less-nutritious foods, heightening the risks of micronutrient deficiencies and other forms of malnutrition, which can have long-term adverse effects on people’s health, development and productivity.
  • Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
  • One out of six children – roughly 101 million – in developing countries is underweight.
  • One in four of the world’s children are stunted – an indicator of chronic malnutrition and calculated by comparing the height-for-age of a child with a reference population of well nourished and healthy children. In developing countries the proportion rises to one in three.
  • 80 percent of the world’s stunted children live in just 14 countries
  • 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
  • One study showed that women’s education contributed 43% of the reduction in child malnutrition over time, while food availability accounted for 26%.
  • The first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from pregnancy through age two, are critical. A proper diet in this period can protect children from the mental and physical stunting that can result from malnutrition.
  • Malnourished mothers are more likely to give birth to underweight babies.

Sources:
Hunger Project
Stop Hunger Now
FAO: The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014
The Lancet, Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition, 2013
UNICEF, Improving Child Nutrition, 2013
FAO, Women in Agriculture: Closing the Gender Gap for Development
UN Inter‑agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, Levels & Trends in Child Mortality Report 2011
WFP, Two Minutes to Learn About School Meals 2015
UNICEF, Progress for Children: A World Fit for Children
FAO (citing Smith and Haddad), The Female Face of Farming

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