Last December, some of us at Tyson had the distinct pleasure of hearing a message from Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, founder of Millennium Promise and the author of The End of Poverty.
Dr. Sachs’s work has taken him across the globe, into some of the most impoverished, politically and economically unstable countries in the world.
As I’m watching the developments in Iraq unfold, and listening to news about North Korea, Pakistan, and other politically unstable parts of the world, I’m reminded that our conversations about hunger in the U.S., as critical as they are, need to be placed in the context of a much larger conversation about how ending hunger in our world is vital to the future of the planet.
I believe Dr. Sachs articulates it very well in the clip above:
Sustainability requires that we address these challenges also… These hungry places are politically the most unstable parts of the planet…. Where you have hunger, you have governments that fail, you have terrorism, you have unemployed, dispossessed youth, you have chances of global conflicts, civil violence, gangs and disorder.
You can’t stabilize a hungry place. Troops can never do it.
It’s a crime that in the richest country in the world, all our children are not fed. But on a bigger stage, it’s more important than ever before that all the children in the world are fed.
How do we rationalize the debate to include solutions for both domestic and global hunger? Do limited resources make their solutions mutually exclusive?