2013-2014 High school essay contest: Honorable mention

There is more than enough food on this world to feed all seven billion people, yet one in every eight people goes hungry (“Hunger”). That means about 842 million people suffer from malnutrition and undernourishment. Every year, chronic hunger kills more people than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined (“Quick Facts”). The U.S. has been one of the largest donors of food aid to countries that are experiencing food emergencies (“Improving”). Obama is trying to pass some reforms that will enable the U.S. to help four million more people than it is with its current policies (“Improving”). The current policy of monetization has inefficient ways of collecting, transporting, and dispersing the food, and it can be solved by reforming the current food aid policies so that more people can obtain food aid.

Some people think that President Obama’s plan will hurt our economy because we will be purchasing fewer commodities from the U.S. What they do not understand is that the U.S. government will still be using the same funds for food aid, but the program will just be more efficient, allowing us to respond to more peoples’ cry for food. President Obama’s reform is not perfect, but it is definitely a giant leap in the right direction. His plan does include funds so that we can help develop local farmers’ agriculture practices, but we could do even more in that area.

-Excerpted from “Reforming world hunger” by Gabriel Eisenbeis, Freeman Academy (Freeman, South Dakota), Grade 12.

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