SOC349 - Readings on "12 Myths about Hunger", Lecture on Food Insecurity/Security and Hunger.docx
University of Toronto Mississauga
SOC349 – Reading Notes – Feb 1
12 Myths about Hunger By: Poole-Kavana
1. Not Enough Food to Go Around – there is abundance of food, not scarcity, the problem lies with
the distribution aspect of food and the lack of money from poor people to buy readily available
2. Nature is to blame for famine – we blame nature, but inequality is at the root of hunger, not
3. Too many people – Population density does not explain hunger.
4. The Environment vs. More Food – Efforts to feed the hungry are not causing the environmental
crisis, large companies involved with the deforestation in third world countries are.
5. Green Revolution is the Answer – Increasing production does not alleviate hunger because it
fails to alter the concentrated distribution of economic power who can buy the surplus.
6. We Need Large Farms – large farms do not necessarily yield more (actually redistributing
farmland into smaller holdings would raise output).
7. The Free Market Can End Hunger -
8. Free Trade Is The Answer – In Third World countries, export has boomed while hunger has
continued. People have been made too poor to buy the food grown in their soil.
9. Too Hungry to Fight for their Rights – people will feed themselves if allowed to do so, it’s not
our job to set things right for others. Our job is to remove the obstacles in their paths.
10. More U.S Aid will help Hunger
11. We benefit from their poverty
12. Curtail freedom to end hunger?
From Hunger to Inequality By: Poppendieck SOC349 – Lecture – Feb 1st
Meat consumption has increased in Canada
Canadians work longer hours and consequently trying to save time by buying readymade foods. People
in the lowest income group have the fewest selection of food. As we earn more money the amount
spent on food doubles because people have a larger amount of disposable income.
Hidden hunger (is the concept that we don’t see hunger in an affluent nation)
In remote areas food is m