Editor's note: Josette Sheeran is the executive director of the U.N. World Food Programme, which provides food assistance to more than 105 million people in 75 countries. She spoke at the TED Global conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, in July. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to "Ideas worth spreading," which it distributes through its website.
In our part of the world, we throw huge amounts of food away every day. It's a waste!
How about the novel idea of limiting the profits of corporations in control of the sale of lifes' essentials – Food, Shelter and Clothing. I know this is a huge idea and immediately will be called Socialist but why not? We cringe and grieve about starving children in Somalia or the Sudan while screaming here about the use of food stamps. The poor Iraqi and Afghan children are suffering so while we argue over debt and cut essential services around the our country, we spend tens of millions of dollars daily for children not our own. We even kick them out of their homes and force them onto welfare because of health care costs and then condemn them for being there. All the while we are filling the airwaves with cries for help for children other than our own. Not just charity goes but the tax money from citizens here who have children in dire straits goes to children in other countries. It is wrong, unfair and should be immediately made right.
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