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Sylvain Charlebois: How the world can win the hunger games

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04.06.2019

Hunger is horrid, an undesirable state few deliberately choose. We know that over 800 million suffer from hunger around the globe.

In the western world, hunger surrounds us without knowing that it's there. It's estimated that four million Canadians experience food insecurity regularly. World Hunger Day, which was May 28, should help bring that into focus.

Hunger is cruelly invisible and unfairly discriminatory. Women, the disabled, Indigenous and people living in northern communities are disproportionally hungry compared to the average Canadian.

Despite having access to one of the more affordable food baskets in the world, relative to household income, vulnerable populations in Canada are severely affected by hunger.

But while hunger is a real issue, there's little evidence that food is becoming increasingly scarce in the world. In fact, never in history has the supply of food per capita been greater than in the last three decades or so.

Agriculture is serving the world and Canadians quite well, but the number of food insecure Canadians is unacceptably high. It's been estimated that over 850,000 Canadians visit a food bank every month and a third of........

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