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Addressing World Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Insecurity PDF Version      Abstract It is the position of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) that access to adequate amounts of  safe, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food at all times is a fundamental human right. Hunger  continues to be a worldwide problem of staggering proportions. The Association supports  programs and encourages practices that combat hunger and malnutrition, produce food security,  promote self-sufficiency, and are environmentally and economically sustainable. The Association  is aware that hunger exists in a world of plenty and that poverty, gender inequity, ethnocentrism,  racism, and the lack of political will are key constraints to solving the problems of global hunger  and malnutrition. Recognizing that simplistic approaches are inadequate, the ADA identifies  sustainable development as the long-term strategy to ending world hunger and achieving food  security. Sustainable development requires political, economic, and social changes that include  empowering the disenfranchised, widening access to assets and other resources, narrowing the  gap between rich and poor, and adjusting consumption patterns so as to foster good stewardship  of nature. Additionally, because the health status of future generations is related to the well-being  of their mothers, achieving food security will also require increased access for women to  education, adequate health care and sanitation, and economic opportunities. This position paper  reviews the complex issues of global food insecurity and discusses long-term solutions for  achieving world food security. Achieving the end of world hunger has been and is now within our  grasp. There is sufficient food to feed everyone, and solutions can be realized now that will benefit  all of humanity. As noted in the paper, most people who examine the costs of ending versus not  ending world hunger are bewildered by the question of why humanity did not solve the problem a  long time ago. The Association supports programs and encourages practices that combat hunger  and malnutrition, produce food security, promote self-sufficiency, respect local cultures, and are  environmentally and economically sustainable. The ADA recognizes that decisions and actions  that dietetics professionals make as practitioners and consumers can help reduce the extent of  poverty and hunger both here and abroad. This paper provides information, resources, and  strategies to assist dietetics professionals in improving the public's understanding of key issues,  becoming advocates of the poor, and influencing the political will to end world hunger. 
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