The Hunger Harvest: 300 Children an Hour Dying of Hunger

posted by Dr Ad Versery and Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 19:03 PM
February 22, 2012

 There is a silent epidemic moving across the world.  It is hunger, and its victims are usually children.  How is it possible that in this age of “superior” technology, industrial agriculture cannot feed all the people on earth?

 According to Paul Vallely, “Special Report:  The Hungry Generation,” in independent.co.uk, 300 children die of malnutrition every hour, and “a  quarter of young children around the world are not getting enough nutrients to grow properly.”  Half of the children with stunted growth live in either Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Peru or Nigeria––all of which have suffered rising food prices.

 Vallely points to Global Warming as a major cause of these rapidly increased prices, in addition to other man-made maladies:  “Over the past five years the price of food has soared across the globe, thanks to extreme weather conditions, diverting farmland to grow biofuels, speculative trading of food commodities and the global financial crisis.”

 AFP News adds that “Crops have failed across a massive swathe of eight countries after late and erratic rains in 2011, and aid agencies have raised the alarm of a food crisis bigger than that which left millions hungry in 2010.”  AFP adds that late and erratic rains in 2011 warn of a “deadly hungry season” in 2012.

 The lack of food especially affects the poor, because they spend most of their income for food purchases.  But for many there is no income.  Both Oxfam and Save the Children argue that thousands in East Africa are needlessly dying because “the international community failed to respond to early warnings of famine.”

 And the World Food Programme insists that in West Africa 700,000 people are going hungry, and that an “urgent action to help the poorest households and avoid a major humanitarian crisis.”  A year ago, on the Sahel belt, along the Sahara desert, stretching from Senegal to Eritrea, 10 million people suffered severe famine caused by drought.  Oxfam says that the drought caused harvests to drop 25% last year “leaving more than one million children threatened with severe malnutrition.”

 Our sister blog, worldcollide-culture-christianity-endoftime.com, argues that famine is one of many signs that we are in the last days.  Famine, drought, and extremely high food prices all indicate that earth cannot go on as it has been.

 Bible prophecies in Revelation 6: 5, 8 posit that world-wide hunger is a sure mark of end-time events:  “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine. . . . And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”  It is time for mankind to repent:  plan against Global Warming; feed the poor; and ask God for forgiveness.

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