Distant Hunger: Agriculture, Food, and Human Values

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Purdue University Press, 1979 - Business & Economics - 246 pages
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The problem of hunger is increasing. in general, we agree on that -- but our agreement ceases when we consider appropriate definitions, approaches, and solutions to global scarcity of food. This book emphasizes that the world's food problems are technically, biologically, socially, politically, economically, and morally complex. Early chapters set out alternative conceptions of the world food problem and explore the major variables and assumptions of each. Subsequent chapters compare and contrast modern agriculture with traditional and subsistence forms of agriculture as biological systems. A fourfold classification of nations into food-sufficient and food-deficient and rich and poor precedes a discussion of political, economic, and cultural aspects of food policies in the United States, Europe, and selected less-developed nations. The book also considers the prospects for scientific and technological developments as partial solutions to global scarcity of food and makes guarded recommendations, reaffirming the complexity of the issues involved in world hunger.

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Food Policy in Developed Food
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Page 1 - Every man, woman and child has the inalienable right to be free from hunger and malnutrition in order to develop fully and maintain their physical and mental facilities.
Page 3 - ... woman and child has the inalienable right to be free from hunger and malnutrition in order to develop fully and maintain their physical and mental faculties. Society today already possesses sufficient resources, organizational ability, and technology and hence the competence to achieve this objective. Accordingly, the eradication of hunger is a common objective of all the countries of the international community, especially of the developed countries and others in a position to help.
Page 12 - ... beginner," many pretend to have interpersonal skills they simply do not possess. Moreover, some are unwilling to undertake the learning process or to adopt the attitude of wanting to improve their skills of empathy. Nevertheless, the only way we can move from where we are now to where we would like to be is to accept where we are now.
Page 4 - An Essay on the Principle of Population", in which he argued that population would soon increase beyond the means of subsistence and that checks on this increase are necessary. The 'Essay...
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