Thanksgiving and World Hunger

November 2004
America;11/22/2004, Vol. 191 Issue 16, p3
The article presents an editorial that discusses the United States' holiday of Thanksgiving and its contrast with world hunger. Thanksgiving will be for many in the United States an occasion to gather around tables groaning under the weight of food in celebration of this quintessentially American holiday. But as we give thanks, we also pray for those who are hungry. Not only does hunger remain a primary cause of mortality in the world; it is actually increasing. The highest rates of hunger exist in the developing nations. The low status of women aggravates the situation and can lead some into high-risk behaviors like prostitution in order to survive. Such behaviors increase the incidence of AIDS, which interacts with hunger to deadly effect. Reducing farm subsidies would be a major step toward helping agriculture in the developing world. Other steps include more direct aid.


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