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Hunger is Not a Place-- The Nation

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Hunger Is Not a Place Frances Moore Lappe The Nation , Jan. 23, 2006 "Within a decade no man, woman or child will go to bed hungry," declared Henry Kissinger. That was three decades ago. Since then hunger fighters have periodically reminded us of our failure--most recently Time magazine Person of the Year Bono, Jeffrey Sachs (The End of Poverty) and the Make Poverty History campaign. Such impassioned calls again and again rally us to believe that, yes, we can end hunger. Yet sadly, they fail to challenge the very frame blinding us to solutions. In that frame we in the industrial countries have the answer--what Sachs celebrates as the "dynamism of self-sustaining economic growth"--and our job is to help the poor get their "foot on the ladder." But hunger is not a residual problem to fix "over there"--a place, mainly in Africa, left off this hunger-ending ladder. Rather, hunger is a global system that we're all part of. This hunger-making system is alive in Africa, where one in three people goes hungry, but it is also alive in the United States, where hunger has grown by 43 percent over the past five years, and close to one young child in five lives in a family so poor he or she can't count on getting needed nourishment. The system is very much alive in Asia and Latin America, too. Yet our frame determines which pieces of this picture we can see. We applaud, for example, India's high-tech boom and its poverty reduction. But we can't register that nearly half of India's
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