This is a great article from a book by Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins that blasts common myths regarding world hunger:
We are led to believe that there is “too little food” for “too many people” – when we live in a day and age where there is an abundance of food, but it is our political systems and the oligopolies (a few global companies that control a huge market share) that have grown to dominate the “food scene” that don’t allow the food to be grown and distributed where they can benefit the hungry. The industrialization of agriculture has not helped but has been a detriment to both the environment & to those societies that have had their lands taken from them to mass produce poor quality food/feed/fuel that only benefits these large private interests .; and has really created a “hunger from plenty” situation – By removing the power of private wealth from the equation and letting the farmers themselves practice common sense agroecology; – only then, with true democracy at play, can we “feed the hungry” along with fixing the environment, (and even societies) that have been destroyed by this oligopolistic system.
In this Backgrounder we encapsulate 40 years of learning and in-depth new research to reframe ten such ways of thinking explored in our latest book World Hunger: 10 Myths.