BLOG: Bring Food, Bring Peace

KATIE PICKRELL
September 21 is the International Day of Peace, a time marked by the United Nations as a day without any warfare.

The day was instituted to allow for countries and individuals to think through potential solutions to end violence and combat issues that face so many fighting countries– issues such as malnutrition.

YouTube is airing commercials funded by World Food Project USA to promote donations that will go towards the goal of ending hunger, particularly in war ridden countries.

The commercials reminded me of one of my first pieces on Vista Now that I wrote a long time ago about how the United States puts more money towards our military than helping other countries.

The U.S. leads the globe in military spending, accounting for more than the next top ten countries. Overall, the pricetag amounts to over $14 billion a week as of 2012. Meanwhile, as more than 50 cents of every U.S. federal tax dollar goes towards the military, many countries still face extreme poverty and political instability.

To eradicate world hunger, the UN predicts it would take about $30 billion to provide the proper infrastructure for resources and food. Even though this seems like a lot of money, it’s really just over two weeks of our defense budget.

Maybe, then, one single day of peace isn’t enough. The thought of a two week ceasefire is enough to make most people skeptical, myself included. But, if we could just redirect our priorities from spending almost four times the amount of money on our military than any other nation in the world, we might be able to figure some things out to actually help.

Ending world hunger isn’t just a win for those who are directly affected by it, either. Public-private corporation deals could provide the proper resources to other countries through both government organizations and NGOs. Small scale farmers, particularly, are in need of all the help they can receive. Between technology, education and overall resources, they have practically nothing to work with in current terms.

So while eradicating poverty throughout the world and preventing war may seem somewhat impossible, training and educating small farmers and providing other countries with the necessary funding for an agricultural economy is much less of a challenge– which may be why ridding the world of extreme hunger is actually at the top of the UN’s to-do list.

To donate or find out more, check out these links:

WFP USA

Food Not Bombs

The Borgen Project

UN Millenium Goals

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