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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


May 27, 2015 Debra Mestas
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Ruth Dyke Hungry people are angry & agitated. This leads to conflict & unrest. People who are well fed are healthier, happier & more productive. We need to establish "The Right To Food." This will benefit all of us.
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Yasiu Kruszynski
May 25, 2015 john fusco
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Susan Allen
May 25, 2015 Sandra DeLong
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Lynette Espinoza There is no reason for people to suffer from hunger. All of the food restaurants and grocery stores are forced to throw away could feed millions. So much waste, so much need. Shameful! We also must make sure the food gets to those who need it.
May 25, 2015 Brent Bobo
May 25, 2015 Warwick Neal
May 25, 2015 Nicole Montgomery
May 25, 2015 Christina Littlefield
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Melynda Quinn
May 25, 2015 Janice Gintzler See the documenatary "Cowspiracy." It asks the question: Why do we hear nothing about the greatest contributor of green house gasses in our environment?
May 25, 2015 Suzy Joachim
May 25, 2015 marty keagle Much of the world's hunger& lack of resources are those who are in control. Shame on them!
May 25, 2015 Liz Buckalew
May 25, 2015 Natividad Becerro
May 25, 2015 Sofia Becerro
May 25, 2015 Jeanette Ostrander
May 25, 2015 Enrique Becerro
May 25, 2015 Amaia Perez
May 25, 2015 Dottie Viar
May 25, 2015 Marion Hulen
May 25, 2015 Tana Bronk Please be kind and fair. How can it be allowed to have so many laws that blatantly favor the wealthy (tax, campaign contributions and more)? The rich ($) get richer & buy mansions, jewels, yachts and more while so many people are left to starve. Shameful!
May 25, 2015 Ellen Segal
May 25, 2015 Gayle Edelman-Tolchin
May 25, 2015 John Davis
May 25, 2015 Paulette MacMillan
May 25, 2015 Nora Schumacher An increase in food production must be such that ALL people are able to have adequate food, without contributing to climate change. This must be accompanied by increasing the incomes of the poorest.
May 25, 2015 Mandy Barre
May 25, 2015 Laura Ochinero It is past time to help those less fortunate rather than offering tax breaks to the very rich. Let's begin to take care of those who struggle to survive.
May 25, 2015 Emmanuel Roy
May 25, 2015 Justine Bello
May 25, 2015 Rev. Dr. Ronald L. Sims
May 25, 2015 Catherine Beauchamp
May 25, 2015 Lydia Benade
May 25, 2015 Patricia Abbas
May 25, 2015 Jonathan Peebles
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Maryanne deGoede
May 25, 2015 Corinne Pumo
May 25, 2015 Jean Semrau
May 25, 2015 Rachel Nichols
May 25, 2015 Paul Young FOOD FOR ALL!

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