Why I write about World Hunger

My current writing projects include two books: a commentary on the Book of Revelation, and a book about world hunger. I’ve also started a blog about world hunger: Hunger Math. I’ve been researching the book for some time now, and the writing of the book about halfway done. I continue to write Roman Catholic theology, including eschatology. But I feel a responsibility to help the bodies as well as the souls of people in need, to fulfill the corporeal works of mercy as well as the spiritual ones.

The blog, Hunger Math, has the same title as the forthcoming book. Both are primarily focused on an analysis of the needs of the hungry and the resources of the world agricultural system. I don’t want to devote too much space on this blog, improperium Christi, discussing hunger. But I’ll mention a few recent posts.

Does the World Produce Enough Food for 7 Billion Persons? – The answer is yes, and no. The world produces enough calories to feed 7 billion persons. But those calories include too many carbs, and not enough protein or fat. So hunger is not simply a distribution problem. We need to change which crops we grow as well as how the food is distributed.

How U.S. Ethanol Policy Makes World Hunger Worse – The U.S. Congress has decided to push farmers to grow corn for ethanol. In 2010 and again in 2011, about 5 billion bushels of corn were used to make fuel ethanol. Using food to make fuel, while hundreds of millions of persons are chronically undernourished is foolish and sinful.

World Hunger Statistics – New Numbers versus Old – The 2012 FAO Hunger Report is out, and it has new revised estimates of the number of hungry persons worldwide. The number of hungry has been between 800 million and one billion for many years. Much progress was made in past decades, when over 20% of the world population was hungry. But in recent years, the progress has slowed to a standstill, with about 12 to 14% of the world population remaining in a state of undernourishment.

Much more at Hunger Math – world hunger by the numbers

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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1 Response to Why I write about World Hunger

  1. John says:

    That’s great, who would of thought you would also be interested in these matters. If I had one piece of advice to make your blogs more personable and appealing, I would post a picture of yourself under the ‘about’ section of your blogs. You will see a dramtaic increase in your following I believe. All the best.

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