As a participant and supporter of Heifer International, I received a welcoming brochure in the mail this afternoon. According to Heifer International, 852 million people around the world are chronically hungry and 25,000 people die every single day from poverty and hunger. I looked for another source. According to Starvation.net, one person dies needlessly every other second from starvation, waterborne disease and AIDS, and 85% of them are children. If my math is correct, there are 86,400 seconds in a day [60 sec/min x 60 min/hour x 24 hours/day], and that means 43,200 people — 85% children — die each day from hunger and poverty. For purposes of this blog, I’ll consider that if 25,000 people die every day from hunger and poverty that means 9 million+ die annually.
tVM follows “Wars in the World” to monitor international conflict. Since January 1, 2012, WitW reports 42 deaths among the 59 countries [of the 200+ countries on the planet] engaged in warfare. At that rate, less than 1,000 will die this year from conflict. Even if a million die from conflict, the scales of death are weighted heavily toward the negative consequences of hunger and poverty on the planet Earth.
The United States Department of Defense budget in 2011 was approximately $700 billion. If we distributed those funds to the 9 million people who die each year, each one would have received nearly $80,000. If we cut our defense budget in half, each person who died could have received $40,000/
On this day in January 2012, tVM will end this discussion right here. I ask every reader to consider the mathematics of the conundrum. Is this the Gordian Knot? I beseech you to comment on this blog. Help me understand what I am missing … offer solutions … tell us what we can do …
I agree with our pollsters that ignorance is the greatest problem facing the world. If my sources are accurate, you now have an idea of the enormity of world hunger. It is incumbent upon us to eliminate it.