Is ending hunger vital to the future of the globe?

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? 

Economics for a crowded (and hungry) planet

 

by Ed Nicholson

We at Tyson  Foods were fortunate today to have been visited by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and co-founder of Millennium Promise. Dr. Sachs is in Northwest Arkansas to discuss a partnership between Tyson Foods and Millennium Promise to address hunger and food production in Africa.

His address to an assembly of Tyson team members was extremely compelling, touching on the Millennium Development Goals, and how their realization is made ever more important as it also becomes increasingly challenged by a faltering world economy. 

My takeaway: We’re all in this together folks.  We can’t isolate ourselves from the rest of the world, and expect our country to remain free, prosperous and powerful.

Dr. Sachs is the author of Common Wealth–Economics for a Crowded Planet, which the New York Times tells us today, President-elect Obama is currently reading in his study of national security issues and foreign policy.

We’re honored that Dr. Sachs and the rest of the team from Millennium Promise visited us, and are looking forward to a productive partnership.