Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs say: “shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment.
With over a billion people going hungry each day how can we spend another dollar on war?”

As this 31-second video from Sean Penn starkly demonstrates, the amount of money spent on bombs, war and weapons, could feed the world. Children die from malnutrition because they happen to be born in the wrong the country, and in the meantime, western nations are spending money on weapons to kill people.

Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Hunger is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor health care is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor education is a weapon of mass destruction. Discrimination is a weapon of mass destruction. Let us abolish such weapons of mass destruction here at home.
~ Dennis Kucinich (vegan USA congressmen)

One way this can be done is by switching to a vegan (strict vegetarian) diet. Resources expended raising animals for food, diverts resources from providing food to people directly.

The organisation known as Food Not Bombs (FNBs) has the following philosophy:

Food The world produces enough food to feed everyone, if distributed equally. There is an abundance of food. In fact, in this country, every day in every city, far more edible food is discarded than is needed to feed those who do not have enough to eat.

Consider this: Before food reaches your table, it is produced and handled by farmers, co-ops, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers. Some perfectly edible food is discarded for a variety of business reasons at every step. In the average city, approximately 10% of all solid waste is food. This is an incredible total of 46 billion pounds nationally per year, or just under 200 pounds per person per year. Estimates indicate that only 4 billion pounds of food per year would be required to completely end hunger in America. Clearly there is an abundance of edible, recoverable food being thrown away.

To recover this edible food and use it to feed people, three key elements must be combined. First, the food must be collected. Second, it must be prepared in a form appropriate for consumption. Third, the food must be made easily accessible to those who are hungry.

The reason this is not already happening is no accident. We do not have a democratic say in how food is produced or distributed. People would certainly elect to eat, but in hierarchical economies, the threat of job loss allows owners to keep wages low. An underclass results from such policies that encourage domination and violence. In our society, it is acceptable to profit from other’s suffering and misery.

This provides a model for vegan outreach (FNB has been referred to as “franchise activism”),
setting up in various cities and countries to provide food for the hungry, to fight the ideology that allows hunger to persist in the middle of enough abundance to feed the world.

Getting out in to the streets and meeting people in your physical community who may not be vegan, rather than staying behind the computer and interacting with other vegans.

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

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