Food for all is a necessity. Food should not be a merchandise, to be bought and sold as jewels are bought and sold by those who have money to buy. Food is a human necessity, like water and air, and it should be available. — Pearl S. Buck
What do you think about this statement? Do you agree or disagree?
There is no question that food is a human necessity; it’s a necessity for all living beings. But there are arguments to be made on both sides of the question.
What would happen if food was freely made available to everyone on the planet? Would the results be good? Would the positive benefits of universal access to nutrition outweigh any negative impact?
What would be the largest positive impact of food being made available to all without cost? What would be the most detrimental impact of universal food for all?
There would definitely be some amazing positive results of everyone being fed. Yet, along with the good there would be some negative effects, as well.
You make the call. The decision is yours. Should food be available to all without cost? Why?
In his 1941 State of the Union Address, President Franklin Roosevelt talked about a future world where global security would be built on a foundation of four essential human freedoms.
The first was freedom of speech and expression. The second freedom enunciated by Roosevelt was the freedom of every person to worship God in their own way.
The third is freedom from want–which, translated into world terms, mean economic understanding which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants everywhere in the world.
The fourth freedom Roosevelt talked about was the freedom from fear, which he insisted meant a worldwide reduction in armaments, a reduction “to such a point and in such a thorough fashion” that no nation would be in a position to commit physical aggression against any neighbor.
We are certainly a long way from the future envisioned by Roosevelt. Yet his premise of a world founded on four basic freedoms has a power to it that cannot be denied.
Today, when we have enough food to feed all of us on the blessed planet we call home, we need to recognize that freedom from hunger is a basic right of every person in the world. Then we need to join together in a massive global movement to ensure that all of us enjoy that freedom. Working together we can make it happen.