Tuesday, November 18, 2008

More American children went hungry in 2007


This article from MSNBC.com paints a particularly grim picture for how millions of American children ate in 2007, or didn't eat as the case may be.

We visit so many farms in producing our TV series and have discovered a rather ridiculous trend, which is that 15-20% of the produce stays on the farm to rot, because it's not "pretty enough" to be acceptable by grocery stores and food markets!

If one could draw a line between the 17% of those going hungry and the 15-20% of what is left behind due to aesthetics, we might very well be able to solve the hunger problem in the U.S. over night. We also commend those local food cooperatives who are gathering food from peoples gardens and fruit trees, and sharing those tons of delicious and healthy food items with those in need.

Approaching Thanksgiving we must ask of ourselves what little can we do that would make so much of a difference for others. Donate to your local food bank, volunteer at your local shelter, or assistance kitchen. Invite those less fortunate than yourself to have a meal together with you and your family.

When one child goes hungry, all of us risk dying of starvation.

Peace, Love and Organics!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great idea.

Ultimately, hunger in our modern, global society has nothing to do with lack of food. In addition to all of the "unattractive" food you mention, unbelievable quantities of food are wasted by stores and restaurants every day. And, generally speaking, when there's a major famine in any part of the world, it's politics that keeps food away from those who need it. There's absolutely no good reason that anyone should go without food.