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Goal: 25,000 Progress: 18,504
Sponsored by: The Hunger Site

The Global Food Crisis, recognized by international news media in the face of escalating food prices in 2008, is not over. The World Food Programme estimates that 963 million people worldwide are undernourished, an almost unfathomable number. Hunger goes hand in hand with poverty all over the world.

The idea of "The Right To Food" originated in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims, "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food..." But the world today does not reflect this universal right. Modern society has attempted to address hunger by simply producing more food, but this has not been effective as a long-term solution.

"The Right to Food" means that it is not enough for food prices to come down and food production to rise. An increase in food production must also benefit the world's poor and vulnerable populations. It must be environmentally sustainable and conceptually far-reaching; The Global Humanitarian Forum estimates that 45 million people are suffering from hunger due to climate change. And it must allow communities to do for themselves what no outside force has been able to do for them: to lift its members out of poverty and create a society that is self-sufficient and strong.

Ask U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to recognize "The Right to Food" and help end the Global Food Crisis forever. Urge your national and international community to recognize The Right to Food. Sign the petition below and tell a friend.

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Dear United States President Barack Obama, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon:

In spite of international attempts to resolve hunger by subsidizing the production of food in greater quantity, it remains a global problem. The World Food Programme estimates that there are 963 million undernourished people in the world, or one of every seven people. The Global Humanitarian Forum estimates that roughly 45 million people currently affected by chronic hunger are suffering due to climate change -- a number expected to double in the next 20 years.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Oliver De Schutter, states: "Increasing agricultural production must go hand in hand with increasing the incomes of the poorest, particularly small-scale farmers, and switching to modes of production which do not contribute to climate change."

We must change the way we look at food production and distribution. To support an inalienable right to food, we ask that investments in agriculture such as farming subsidies be made in a thoughtful manner to best benefit those vulnerable to poverty and hunger. These efforts should not only provide more food, they should also create economically sustainable communities in which food production and distribution play an integral role. We ask that these investments be environmentally as well as socially responsible, supporting and rewarding environmentally sustainable practices.

We call upon you, as representatives of our national and international community, to take action to establish "The Right to Food" as an inalienable human right and an immediate political priority.

Petition Signatures


May 26, 2016 Richard Bosboom
May 20, 2016 Esther Clayson
May 18, 2016 Maxine Stopfer
May 15, 2016 Denise Cronin
May 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2016 Katelyn Christensen
May 9, 2016 joy leonard
May 8, 2016 Brenda Hammond
May 6, 2016 jane gilmore
May 6, 2016 Susan Brittain
May 6, 2016 Joe Field
May 5, 2016 serena de luca
May 4, 2016 Rachel Hardy
May 2, 2016 Iona Kentwell
Apr 28, 2016 Brandi Bell
Apr 28, 2016 john costanzo
Apr 22, 2016 ernesto meloni
Apr 22, 2016 Sharon Tyson
Apr 21, 2016 Garry Lough
Apr 20, 2016 Judy Lamon
Apr 18, 2016 Jennifer Williams
Apr 17, 2016 Paul-Denis Clermont
Apr 17, 2016 Joanna Wyzykowska
Apr 12, 2016 Jackie Bade
Apr 7, 2016 Ruby King
Apr 5, 2016 laurence haubtmann
Apr 4, 2016 Angelica Marcano
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Apr 3, 2016 CHRISTINE OAKLEY
Apr 1, 2016 silva kruzic
Apr 1, 2016 Kelly Garrett
Mar 31, 2016 P Weinkauf
Mar 28, 2016 Heather Jacobsen
Mar 25, 2016 Aggelina Ornstein
Mar 23, 2016 Sharon Saunders
Mar 22, 2016 Jesus Montealegre
Mar 21, 2016 Jennifer Conway
Mar 20, 2016 marcie betterton
Mar 20, 2016 yvonne points
Mar 20, 2016 Martin Zatsick
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Mar 19, 2016 angela wilson
Mar 18, 2016 marco a simioni
Mar 18, 2016 Eduardo Camilo Antonio
Mar 16, 2016 Susan Wilson
Mar 14, 2016 Rose Leidolph
Mar 13, 2016 Elle Sullivan
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Mar 13, 2016 Susan Tehranchi

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