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Goal: 25,000 Progress: 15,334
Sponsored by: The Hunger Site

The Global Food Crisis, recognized by international news media in the face of escalating food prices in 2008, is not over. The World Food Programme estimates that 963 million people worldwide are undernourished, an almost unfathomable number. Hunger goes hand in hand with poverty all over the world.

The idea of "The Right To Food" originated in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims, "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food..." But the world today does not reflect this universal right. Modern society has attempted to address hunger by simply producing more food, but this has not been effective as a long-term solution.

"The Right to Food" means that it is not enough for food prices to come down and food production to rise. An increase in food production must also benefit the world's poor and vulnerable populations. It must be environmentally sustainable and conceptually far-reaching; The Global Humanitarian Forum estimates that 45 million people are suffering from hunger due to climate change. And it must allow communities to do for themselves what no outside force has been able to do for them: to lift its members out of poverty and create a society that is self-sufficient and strong.

Ask U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to recognize "The Right to Food" and help end the Global Food Crisis forever. Urge your national and international community to recognize The Right to Food. Sign the petition below and tell a friend.

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Dear United States President Barack Obama, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon:

In spite of international attempts to resolve hunger by subsidizing the production of food in greater quantity, it remains a global problem. The World Food Programme estimates that there are 963 million undernourished people in the world, or one of every seven people. The Global Humanitarian Forum estimates that roughly 45 million people currently affected by chronic hunger are suffering due to climate change -- a number expected to double in the next 20 years.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Oliver De Schutter, states: "Increasing agricultural production must go hand in hand with increasing the incomes of the poorest, particularly small-scale farmers, and switching to modes of production which do not contribute to climate change."

We must change the way we look at food production and distribution. To support an inalienable right to food, we ask that investments in agriculture such as farming subsidies be made in a thoughtful manner to best benefit those vulnerable to poverty and hunger. These efforts should not only provide more food, they should also create economically sustainable communities in which food production and distribution play an integral role. We ask that these investments be environmentally as well as socially responsible, supporting and rewarding environmentally sustainable practices.

We call upon you, as representatives of our national and international community, to take action to establish "The Right to Food" as an inalienable human right and an immediate political priority.

Petition Signatures

Jan 29, 2015 Bronte Dahms
Jan 25, 2015 Rebeca Rauda
Jan 25, 2015 Mary Luketich
Jan 25, 2015 I. Schuite
Jan 24, 2015 Judith Sheppard
Jan 20, 2015 Patrick Lathrop
Jan 20, 2015 Jolie Kulsar
Jan 19, 2015 James Murphy
Jan 19, 2015 emilio leone
Jan 19, 2015 Angela Campbell
Jan 19, 2015 Jodie Alqahtani
Jan 19, 2015 Sharon Gillespie
Jan 18, 2015 Raymond McGrath
Jan 14, 2015 Lynne Jenkins
Jan 14, 2015 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Jan 9, 2015 karen howard
Jan 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2015 Monique TONET
Jan 8, 2015 Amiee LaVenture
Jan 7, 2015 Orva M Gullett
Jan 6, 2015 Ashleigh Ahrens
Jan 6, 2015 debra clayton
Jan 6, 2015 Linda Lee
Jan 6, 2015 Rudy Rodriguez Nobody should be hungry, there is more then enough food to go around. Especially at a time like this where farmers cannot grow anything due to climate change.
Jan 6, 2015 Beata Fajencka
Jan 5, 2015 Katia Alves
Jan 5, 2015 Barb Gebelein
Jan 5, 2015 Suzanne Green
Jan 5, 2015 Gary Van Deusen
Jan 5, 2015 peggy williams
Jan 5, 2015 Melissa Lohman
Jan 5, 2015 Zaira Vera
Jan 5, 2015 Dawn Bowers
Jan 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2015 Catherine Sowder
Jan 4, 2015 Maria Clara Dinorah
Jan 4, 2015 Elisa Donnadieu
Jan 4, 2015 Raven Haber
Jan 4, 2015 Suneet Srivastava
Jan 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2015 Nicole Agius Ballucci
Jan 4, 2015 Olga Stewart
Jan 4, 2015 Roxane Dow
Jan 4, 2015 donna savin
Jan 4, 2015 Chiara Lucrezi
Jan 4, 2015 Barbara Phillips
Jan 4, 2015 Lorraine Richio
Jan 4, 2015 Barbara Nowak
Jan 4, 2015 Verena Wazlawik
Jan 4, 2015 amina jamal

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