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Originally posted by Johnmike
It is impossible for such things as food and water to be rights.
Why? Because, of course, they don't come from you. Look at what your true rights are. Free speech, exercise religion, bear arms (more on this)... They're all things contained within yourself when you are born.
[edit on 16-7-2008 by Johnmike]
Originally posted by whiteraven
In other words you believe that all humanity has a form of a social contract with which to adhere too?
Certain humans because of their actions (ie. work) are allowed to have access to food and water while others who lets say do not work are not entitled to food and water.
Or is it somewhere in between?
Originally posted by Vasilis Azoth
The fact that we do not let the severly handcapped/disabled starve to death in the west show that we as a society believe these things are human rights. Actions speak louder than words.
Those of you who claim it's not a right should petition your governments to let the severly disabled starve to death..[edit on 17-7-2008 by Vasilis Azoth]
Row as G8 leaders discuss world famine problem over eight-course banquet
The UN estimated that at the current rate of warming, Central and South Asia’s crop yields could fall by 30% by 2050, stressing the need for research and development on new staple crop seeds that are resistant to drought, heat and floods as well as cheap enough for the poor to buy.
It is the poverty of millions of people who cannot afford to buy food that causes starvation. This conclusion has been reached by Vaclav Smil in a recent study entitled Feeding the World(29). An F.A.O. study by Nikos Alexandratos confirms this point. He writes
Food availabilities for the world as a whole are today equivalent to some 2700 kilocalories per person per day …., up from 2300 calories 30 years ago.(28)
20% of the world's population consumes over 70% of its material resources, and owns over 80% of its wealth although this global elite includes people in almost every country, it is mainly concentrated in the Westernised, consumerist nations: the US. Canada, Western Europe, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Japan...
The USA alone, with only 6% of the world's population, consumes 30% of its resources.
The world has enough resources to feed its growing population if political leaders can get past "short-term interests", the head of the UN's food agency says.
There can be little doubt that the world at present has enough (physical) resources to produce enough food at affordable prices for all. The additional food needed to eradicate hunger would represent only a very small increment to present day production. Even food needed in the foreseeable future (taking into account population growth and improvements in diets) probably will not face major global production constraints.