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Starvation Problems Caused by Population Explosion A UN Initiative Could Help Distribute US Surpluses to Countries in Need Each year thousands of people worldwide die from malnutrition and starvation It is estimated that between twenty and twenty-five percent of the worlds population is not receiving an adequate diet Kendall 197 African nations such as Somalia Sudan and Mozambique have captured the worlds attention with stories of children who are suffering if not dying from hunger Most of these countries are unable to produce an adequate food supply for its population In other areas of the world however countries grow such a surplus of food that the government curtails a farmers production level Southwick 212 In the United State farmers are paid by the government not to grow food because of the surpluses that already exist Kendall 30 This restriction on production occurs even though millions of people in the United States are starving The world-population explosion is one reason that food shortages in some areas and surpluses in others are becoming serious societal problems There are many reasons to attempt to alleviate the food shortage problems of our country and our world First of all children are the most frequent victims of starvation Lupien 94 Secondly starvation can affect anyone It is no longer just a concern in third world nations In fact as the population increases the availability of food decreases and thus creates greater incidences of famine in many countries of the world In fact there are many places in the world that cannot supply adequate food for their children and subsequently causes many children to die According to Dr Larry Brown of Tufts University there are an estimated twelve million children and thirty million adults in the United States alone who go hungry Grossfield 37 Despite this fact the United States government actually pays farmers to stop growing food because there are food surplus in the United States However when 42
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