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Web game provides rice for hungry

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posted on Nov, 10 2007 @ 08:44 PM
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An internet word game has generated enough rice to feed 50,000 people for one day, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has said.

The game, FreeRice, tests the vocabulary of participants. For each click on a correct answer, the website donates money to buy 10 grains of rice.

Companies advertising on the website provide the money to the WFP to buy and distribute the rice.


src news.bbc.co.uk...

src www.freerice.com...

I like the concept here. We know the ongoing problem with food shortages and starvation in many countries. Most people are reluctant to give but I think this provides a good alternative.

brill




posted on Nov, 10 2007 @ 08:59 PM
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Just tried this and I got to 400 grains. Not a lot but still a contribution. The initial article stated that 1billion grains feeds 50,000/day.


Cmon someone beat my 400, should be easy


brill



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 02:40 PM
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610 grains in very little time so if this is actually feeding people then all the power to it.



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 02:56 PM
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Cool website


Very simple and a great concept, imagine what we could do if we all dedicated a few minutes a day to this cause.



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 03:19 PM
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Wow, that made me feel unexpectedly good!

Unfortunately, rice alone cannot keep one alive for very long. Beans would be a good addition, as beans and rice create a complete protean necessary for survival.


Nyorai



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 03:35 PM
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The advertisers at the bottom pay for the rice that is being dontated.

1 Pound of rice is 29000 grains on average which is equivalent to .54 cents average US rate for purchase.

...Can someone do it until they generate a pound and tell us how long that takes?

What is the bottom line, and how much of the advertising money really goes to the rice, versus " The American Non Profit " standard, which is typically less then 10%.

60 Million people starve to death every year.
6 Million of them are children
There are 600 Million homeless
and 40 Million of those homeless, are south american children.


I dont know how long it would take me to generate 29000 grains of rice, but if I had to get that pound a day out, it sounds like it would take quite some time.

How long would America live on bags of rice before we had a damm revolution? See my point?

Were spending 100s of Billions on war, while were clicking for grains. Something is seriously out of whack here.

How about, we change things up. We click to build bombers Missiles, and in turn give $500 Billion to assisting with world wide agriculture... Now that would make change.

The Problem is bigger then Rice...its injustice on a global scale, and in our systems of commerce, its the reason why 1 in 8 American Children go to bed hungry.

God forbid we were to have the subsidies of the American farmer recieved actually generate food for those impovershed countries.

Its a sad day when we stop growing food while there is starvation on the planet in the name of profitability.

Peace



[edit on 11-11-2007 by HIFIGUY]



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 03:47 PM
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200 more grains are on there way. A spoonful I guess, maybe two, but if it helps thats good.



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 03:58 PM
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wow, just a couple of minutes... and


You have now donated
300 grains of rice.



I wonder if it's legit though?



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 04:05 PM
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Originally posted by elevatedone
wow, just a couple of minutes... and


You have now donated
300 grains of rice.



I wonder if it's legit though?


ok..2 minutes for 300 grains. Click for three hours, and you have about 27000 grains which is about 54 cents worth of rice, and thats US retail, not bulk.

Like I said before, lets click for bombers and Missiles, and give 500 billion to the hungry. Now that would get the worlds attention.

Peace



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 04:11 PM
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Very cool. Thanks so much for this info. I keep seeing those commercials about starving kids on tv but don't have any money to give. Now I can do something... so far I've gotten 900 grains of rice in only half an hour... I'm going to send this site to my friends as family as well.

Also, rice may not be enough to live off of, but at least it's food for a starving belly. Here we have food pantry's that help, and food stamps, etc. What do they have? What do some areas in the USA even have?



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 06:40 PM
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got 1170 before quitting. Yesterday they donated 2.25 TONS of rice. thats alot of rice for only one day. In total, 22.5 tons have been donated so far. Not bad for a month



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 06:44 PM
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Cool concept. That way people are "Helpers" in their own right. Even if they aren't directly helping, they assist some way in the plight to fight world hunger. And you can actually learn something at the same time.



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 07:37 PM
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Originally posted by HIFIGUY
How long would America live on bags of rice before we had a damm revolution? See my point?

No.


Originally posted by HIFIGUY
Were spending 100s of Billions on war, while were clicking for grains. Something is seriously out of whack here.

The military is valid asset of government.

Not that the war in Iraq is a good thing.



Originally posted by HIFIGUY
How about, we change things up. We click to build bombers Missiles, and in turn give $500 Billion to assisting with world wide agriculture... Now that would make change.

I do not want my tax dollars going to places around the world. My tax dollars to the United States can stay in the United States.


Originally posted by HIFIGUY
The Problem is bigger then Rice...its injustice on a global scale, and in our systems of commerce, its the reason why 1 in 8 American Children go to bed hungry.

Actually the problem is scarcity. And unless you want to magically make it so that all living beings crap food and gold, it will always exist.


Originally posted by HIFIGUY
God forbid we were to have the subsidies of the American farmer recieved actually generate food for those impovershed countries.

So I'm going to have to pay for people too incapable to govern themselves? That's absolutely ludicrous, HIFIGUY. I know you'd like to support such globalist-communist things, but the rest of us here don't.


Originally posted by HIFIGUY
Its a sad day when we stop growing food while there is starvation on the planet in the name of profitability.

Unfortunately, we can't do anything. Even your communist system of redistributing wealth would harm the economy enough to starve more than you can practically feed. Besides, no government or organization can cure scarcity and therefore hunger. Support all the charities you want (these are usually good - just look into them first), but I don't need my money to go around the world to be wasted by some government.

[edit on 11-11-2007 by Johnmike]



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 09:54 PM
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Originally posted by Johnmike
Actually the problem is scarcity. And unless you want to magically make it so that all living beings crap food and gold, it will always exist.


www.psrast.org...

www.thirdworldtraveler.com...

Oh? The first step to correcting the problem is to start seeing the truth.



The world today produces enough grain alone to provide every human being on the planet with 3,500 calories a day


Heres something for the United States while your reading...


In the 1990s over 30 million Americans can not afford a healthy diet, arid 8.5% of U.S. children are hungry and 20.1% more are at risk of hunger. But who would argue that not enough food is produced? Surely not U.S. farmers; overproduction is their most persistent headache. Nor the U.S. government, which maintains huge storehouses of cheese, milk and butter.


Communism?> You came from a family like I did. You came from a community like I did. And we are in one giant global community.

You can label it anyway you want. Scripture points to a day when Im going to be using your tank as a planter. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Until the world starts acting that way, the counter balance of injustice and oppression swings hard.

As far as the Military is concerned..tell it to the Romans.

Christ said it right in terms of Sons of Men...


Jesus Christ

There are two classes of the sons of men; they who would build the human race upon the sure foundation stones of justice, truth, equality and right, 22 And they who would destroy the holy temple where the Spirit dwells and bring their fellows down to beggary and crime.


America has 5% of the worlds population, and 25% of the worlds prison population.

In the 1990s over 30 million Americans can not afford a healthy diet, arid 8.5% of U.S. children are hungry and 20.1% more are at risk of hunger..

We can do better...

Peace



[edit on 11-11-2007 by HIFIGUY]



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 10:30 PM
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This thing to me seems legit and when i am bored i will definetly do this. And also try to do it 10 times a day; not bad, gettting some knowledge of words to better help the world



posted on Nov, 12 2007 @ 10:23 AM
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Originally posted by HIFIGUY
Oh? The first step to correcting the problem is to start seeing the truth.

...

Heres something for the United States while your reading...

Scarcity, the way I'm using it, includes the supply of resources in an area. No matter how you put it, or how much any one person eats, food is limited. Therefore, it is scarce. You have to include everything from storage to transportation to everything economic.



Originally posted by HIFIGUY
Communism?> You came from a family like I did. You came from a community like I did. And we are in one giant global community.

You just admitted to being a communist? (Note: it's not fascism or anything, it's simply an economic system that really requires a hopelessly strong strong state) The problem behind your communist beliefs is that they simply don't work economically. You can do all sorts of food rationing and whatnot, but it would cause such economic damage (as is readily apparent in state-run economies) that it would do much, much more harm than good.

No offense, but it seems pretty obvious to me that you haven't really educated yourself in economics. You really should before you start spreading these ideas, since communism (and socialism) is one of the worst you could choose. Its implementation requires harming human liberty and creating poverty.


Originally posted by HIFIGUY
You can label it anyway you want. Scripture points to a day when Im going to be using your tank as a planter. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Just because I don't think the government should redistribute wealth (basically stealing) doesn't mean that I think that we shouldn't be charitable or that I want to kill people.


Originally posted by HIFIGUY
Until the world starts acting that way, the counter balance of injustice and oppression swings hard.

And we see the terrible reality of human nature.



posted on Nov, 12 2007 @ 10:32 AM
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Originally posted by Irma
200 more grains are on there way. A spoonful I guess, maybe two, but if it helps thats good.


Okay I've already mentioned this on the thread in BTS but that's actually about a plate or two once cooked. How do I know this? I entered a 'Guess-the-number-of-rice-grains' competition before and did some research at home. 200 grains is almost a half-cup (the cooking cup) of rice. A full cup makes about 5 plates of rice.

Yup, I really do know my rice.



posted on Nov, 12 2007 @ 04:58 PM
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Originally posted by Johnmike
And we see the terrible reality of human nature.


Even more so evident in the selfish statements you posted.


And the other said to him, Master, what good thing shall I do and live? Jesus said, Perform the Law and the prophets. He answered, I have performed them. Jesus answered, Go, sell all thou hast and divide with the poor, and follow me. But this saying pleased him not. 12. And the Lord said unto him, How sayest thou that thou hast performed the Law and the prophets? Behold many of thy brethren are clad with filthy rags, dying from hunger and thy house is full of much goods, and there goeth from it nought unto them. 13. And he said unto Simon, It is hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven, for the rich care for themselves, and despise them that have not.


The foundations of Greed, Vanity, Arrogance, and selfishness are but that of sand. Like Vegas

Have yourself a double helping. The Romans did, and their Kingdom fell.


Peace


[edit on 12-11-2007 by HIFIGUY]



posted on Nov, 12 2007 @ 08:02 PM
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If I wanted to read the Bible, I would. Unfortunately, as you yourself exemplify, it isn't a source of education on economics.



posted on Nov, 12 2007 @ 08:21 PM
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Originally posted by HIFIGUY

I do not want my tax dollars going to places around the world. My tax dollars to the United States can stay in the United States.



Oh....really?...and how much of your tax dollar is going to overseas military ventures?


and you also said:
"So I'm going to have to pay for people too incapable to govern themselves?"

Your arrogance astounds me!
















[edit on 12-11-2007 by AotearoaSon]



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