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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


Apr 16, 2014 Shameira Johnson
Apr 14, 2014 Doris Volmar
Apr 12, 2014 Fundación Vida
Apr 8, 2014 Loraine Lindsey
Apr 8, 2014 Connie Dotson
Apr 8, 2014 Adrienne Kohut
Apr 7, 2014 vicky powell
Apr 7, 2014 Mihaela Stan
Apr 4, 2014 Kate Bradly
Apr 4, 2014 Graeme Collie
Apr 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 3, 2014 Jordi Estruells Chirivella
Apr 2, 2014 Christine Meyer
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Apr 1, 2014 giselle cordo
Apr 1, 2014 Linda Paff
Apr 1, 2014 Robert Dotson
Apr 1, 2014 Sabrina Simington
Mar 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2014 Laura Lofaro
Mar 30, 2014 Stephen Baranowski
Mar 30, 2014 Jaclyn Green
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Mar 27, 2014 Jayne Burdick
Mar 27, 2014 Ann Zimmerman
Mar 27, 2014 Vicki Hambrick
Mar 27, 2014 Carmen Mesones
Mar 27, 2014 Nancy Stamm
Mar 26, 2014 christina foruna
Mar 26, 2014 Steve Overton
Mar 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2014 Joan Roberts
Mar 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2014 Sharon Caraway
Mar 23, 2014 Victoria Powers
Mar 23, 2014 Jean Dobizl
Mar 23, 2014 Hana Cernohousova
Mar 22, 2014 Rebecca Moffat
Mar 22, 2014 Ewa Wojtkiewicz
Mar 22, 2014 N C
Mar 22, 2014 Maria Bon
Mar 21, 2014 Karen Ahumada
Mar 21, 2014 Loretta Koch
Mar 21, 2014 harrikielle orr
Mar 21, 2014 Victoria Alvarez
Mar 21, 2014 Angie Hris
Mar 21, 2014 Francine Baribeault
Mar 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2014 Teresa Marta Rico Buenrostro
Mar 20, 2014 Iveta Dzhonova

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