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What are the most effective/least effective ways of reducing starvation?

13 to 18 million people die each year from starvation.  How can we reduce that number?  Here are a few methods to talk about, ranging from reasonable to extremely questionable.  Please add any other ideas you have.

  • Give them food.
  • Teach them to produce their own food and give them the resources to do it.
  • Give them free birth control so they stop bringing more children into impoverished conditions.
  • Strongly encourage them to get sterilized.
  • Force them to get sterilized.
  • Punish them for having children.
  • Give them food or water that is secretly laced with something that causes sterilization.
  • Relocate them to an area where food is more plentiful.
  • Let them deal with it on their own.

DISCLAIMER: I don't necessarily endorse any of these methods. I'm just throwing them out there for discussion.

 

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Get rid of money and revert to a world-wide bartering system.

Anarchist 'til I die.

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What are these people going to barter with? They have nothing.

Del1176(4967) Disputed
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When something as simple as the willingness to work for a bowl of rice, as opposed to 10 bowls of rice, makes you an extremely valuable worker, suddenly corporations around the world will be begging these impoverished to work for them instead of highly demanding spoilt brats from more economically privileged backgrounds.

nummi(1432) Clarified
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How about no trade at all?

People work, produce stuff, for themselves and others 'cause if they didn't everything would stop progressing. It applies even presently but most aren't aware of it.

There'd be no "I give you this and you give me that". But instead would be "I need this to make that, and so you must provide me this so the second could be made to use it to make the third that you need". No trade at all, just production for progress of humanity, if something is needed it must be enabled for whoever needs it.

Del1176(4967) Disputed
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I find that you are ignoring the inherent human nature of selfishness (which as a Satanist I highly value as an important part of our nature).

You can't just ignore your nature, instead you must work with it.

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Please explain how you think that would work.

Del1176(4967) Disputed
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You barter goods and services.

· Give them food.

I think just giving them food does nothing to solve the problem. "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime." So in countries where food production is possible, teaching them to produce food and giving them the resources to get started would be the best choice. Giving them food temporarily until you can teach them to grow their own is an option, but we shouldn't just hand out food to people who aren't making any effort to fix the problem on their own.

· Give them free birth control so they stop bringing more children into impoverished conditions.

· Strongly encourage them to get sterilized.

I think both of these methods would be cheaper than continually battling generation after generation of people born into poverty.

· Force them to get sterilized.

· Punish them for having children.

· Give them food or water that is secretly laced with something that causes sterilization.

The ethics of these methods are very questionable, but we also need to look at the ethics of people who are having children they can't properly care for. Bringing a child into this world knowing they will most likely live a life of misery and eventually starve to death is highly unethical. The harm caused by these methods seems to be less than the harm of having a child when you cant take care of them. I'm still very uncomfortable with these methods and think they should only be used as a last resort.

· Relocate them to an area where food is more plentiful.

If this is possible, I think it would be a great idea, but I'm not sure about the logistics of it and where they could be relocated to. I'll have to do some more research on this topic.

· Let them deal with it on their own.

This is certainly an option, but not a very humane one. I just don't know how anyone could look into the eyes of a starving child and say, "Sucks to be you, but it's not my problem"

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There is enough food. Actually, not just that but enough basic resources for everyone. The only reason everyone does not have them is the presence of money. The only reason poverty exists in present time is money.

And then there's the overpopulation too...

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Have strong MEDC countries form alliances with LEDC ones to try and bring them to their level. Once the contry has stabilised, they are free fro the alliance if one/both countries want too.

Help them grow plants and grow livestock. Also provdie services for them until they can become self dependant.

The most effective way of reducing starvation is eating ;)

LittleMisfit(1745) Clarified
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You're a genius Joe! I can't believe no one ever thought of that before. I think you should get a Nobel prize :)

I have often wondered why I have never been nominated for the Nobel Prize ;)

I think population control is the most effective way to reduce starvation, although it's easier said than done.

The least effective way? I don't know, making them compete on The Biggest Loser.