The Problem of Poor People in Pitiful, Preventable Poverty
There exists today enough food and water to fill the stomachs of every person on this planet. Why, then, does most of this food go to a select few, while the rest of humanity is left to scavenge for the scraps? Why is it those who are starving to death remain unfed while those in 'civilized nations' live in comfort and abundance? The answer lies not in the ability to solve this problem, but rather in the will. It is the choices and decisions of the lucky few that condemn the rest of the world to lives of hardship and suffering. Poverty exists in developing countries because of the ignorance of the populations of other industrialized countries, the exporting of food and goods, and the governing bodies of the developing countries.
Poverty is not an unknown issue amongst the populations of industrialized nations. Non-profit organizations have managed to spread the knowledge of severe poverty in developing countries. Yet the situation has changed little. A great number of the people living in the developing countries of the world still starve to death every day. The problem lies not in awareness, but in our interest and willingness to help. The problem of poverty rarely receives the media spotlight, and when it does, it is quickly forgotten afterwards. We live in a system in which everything is very fast-paced, and to adapt to this, the media rarely spends much time on a single topic, regardless of its importance. It is unfortunate and saddening that people are now spoon-fed information my the mass media, and no longer endeavour to be well-informed of issues that need resolution. If this lack of interest in poverty continues, the future will be bleak for those starving on the other side of the world.
Exports of food and goods are a major contributing factor to poverty. Factories and farms harvest all of the natural goods and resources in developing countries and sell it to the highest bidder. Almost...