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1 billion

May 9, 2009

On May 6th, the Associated Press reported that, according to the U.N. food aid organization, “The number of hungry people in the world could soon hit a record 1 billion, despite a recent drop in food prices.”

What a truly depressing statistic. In fact, it’s statistics like this that have made me lose faith in the ability of capitalism to ever address the needs of humanity. With all of the wealth and resources at our disposal, it’s a travesty that so many people are going hungry; and with the focus of production always on profit rather than need, it’s a travesty that will continue for the foreseeable future.

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