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361. Food is a Human Right | Equal Money

There is sufficient food and resources for everyone to have the necessary daily and sustainable supply of quality nourishment to live and support our physical bodies in the best way possible. The problems are corporate interests and a rigged system that doesn’t grant access to this Basic Human Right. Money in Equal Money is a rights document that ensures all individuals are given money/access to  buy the necessary food to fulfill a healthy quality living standard that is best for all, including animals and sustainability of the Earth’s resources.

 

 

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Problem                                              

  • People around the globe Lack Food due to the configuration of our current economic system designed to only benefit a minority while leaving the majority out of the picture of dignified living conditions and equal living standards:

    • “The population of the US, Canada, and the EU combined. The number of malnourished people worldwide is just under 1 billion people – nearly a seventh of the global population.”

870 million people do not eat enough

(Source:State of Food Insecurity in the World,FAO, 2012)

 

    The vast majority of hungry people (98 percent) live in developing countries, where almost 15% of the population is undernourished.

 

(Source:State of Food Insecurity in the World,FAO, 2012)1 in 6 children is underweight

    One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight.

    (Source: Global health Observatory, WHO, 2011)

 

 

    If children don't receive nutritious food in their first 2 years, they may be stunted for life

     

     

        A third of al child deaths are linked to hunger

         

         

         

        World Hunger                                                      

          • There are 1 Billion undernourished people in the world today. That means one in eight people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to the health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
          • Among the key causes of hunger are natural disasters, conflict, poverty, poor agricultural infrastructure and over-exploitation of the environment.
          • As well as the obvious sort of hunger resulting from an empty stomach, there is also the hidden hunger of micronutrient deficiencies which make people susceptible to infectious diseases, impair physical and mental development, reduce their labour productivity and increase the risk of premature death.
          • Hunger does not only weigh on the individual. It also imposes a crushing economic burden on the developing world. Economists estimate that every child whose physical and mental development is stunted by hunger and malnutrition stands to lose 5-10 percent in lifetime earnings.

         

        it costs 25 us cents per day to giv a child all thenutrients needed to grow up healthy

        “It takes only $0.25 for the World Food Programme to give a hungry schoolchild a cup of nutritious food. $50 will feed a child at school for an entire year.”

        There is more money spent on War than on Food

         

         

          • Hunger also weakens the immune system. Deprived of the right nutrition, hungry children are especially vulnerable and become too weak to fight off disease and may die from common infections like measles and diarrhoea. Each year, almost 7 million children die before reaching the age of five; malnutrition is a key factor is over a third of these deaths
            • (source: Levels and Trends in Child Mortality, IGME, 2012)

        source: http://www.wfp.org/hunger/what-is

         

        WHO 

        • Most of the world’s hungry live in developing countries. According to the latest Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) statistics, there are 870 million hungry people in the world and 98 percent of them are in developing countries.  They are distributed like this:
        • 578 million in Asia and the Pacific
          239 million in Sub-Saharan Africa
          53 million in Latin America and the Caribbean
          37 million in the Near East and North Africa
        • 19 million in developed countries

         

          • Hungry farmers
          • FAO calculates that around half of the world’s hungry people are from smallholder farming communities,  surviving off marginal lands prone to natural disasters like drought or flood. Another 20 percent belong to landless families dependent on farming and about 10 percent live in communities whose livelihoods depend on herding, fishing or forest resources.
          • The remaining 20 percent live in shanty towns on the periphery of the biggest cities in developing countries. The numbers of poor and hungry city dwellers are rising rapidly along with the world’s total urban population.

         

          • Women
          • Women are the world’s primary food producers, yet cultural traditions and social structures often mean women are much more affected by hunger and poverty than men. A mother who is stunted or underweight due to an inadequate diet often give birth to low birthweight children.
          • Around 50 per cent of pregnant women in developing countries are iron deficient (source: Unicef). Lack of iron means 315,000 women die annually from hemorrhage at childbirth. As a result, women, and in particular expectant and nursing mothers, often need special or increased intake of food.

         

          • Rural risk
          • Three-quarters of all hungry people live in rural areas, mainly in the villages of Asia and Africa. Overwhelmingly dependent on agriculture for their food, these populations have no alternative source of income or employment. As a result, they are vulnerable to crises. Many migrate to cities in their search for employment, swelling the ever-expanding populations of shanty towns in developing countries.

         

         

        WHY

        • Nature

          Natural disasters such as floods, tropical storms and long periods of drought are on the increase — with calamitous consequences for food security in poor, developing countries.

         

        • War
        • From Asia to Africa to Latin America, fighting displaces millions of people from their homes, leading to some of the world’s worst hunger emergencies. Since 2004, conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan has uprooted more than a million people, precipitating a major food crisis — in an area that had generally enjoyed good rains and crops.

         

        • In war, food sometimes becomes a weapon. Soldiers will starve opponents into submission by seizing or destroying food and livestock and systematically wrecking local markets. Fields and water wells are often mined or contaminated, forcing farmers to abandon their land.

         

        • When conflict threw Central Africa into confusion in the 1990s, the proportion of hungry people rose from 53 percent to 58 percent. By comparison, malnutrition is on the retreat in more peaceful parts of Africa such as Ghana and Malawi.

         

        • Agricultural infrastructure
        • In the long-term, improved agricultural output offers the quickest fix for poverty and hunger.

         

        • All conspire to limit agricultural yields and access to food.

         

        • Too many developing countries lack key agricultural infrastructure, such as enough roads, warehouses and irrigation. The results are high transport costs, lack of storage facilities and unreliable water supplies.

         

        • But, although the majority of developing countries depend on agriculture, their governments economic planning often emphasizes urban development.

         

        • Over-exploitation of environment

          Poor farming practices, deforestation, overcropping and overgrazing are exhausting the Earth’s fertility and spreading the roots of hunger.
        • Increasingly, the world’s fertile farmland is under threat from erosion, salination and desertification.

         

          • Poverty Trap
          • In developing countries, farmers often cannot afford seed to plant the crops that would provide for their families. Craftsmen lack the means to pay for the tools to ply their trade. Others have no land or water or education to lay the foundations for a secure future.

         

        • This is the result of seed control imposed by corporations like Monsanto that ensure farmers become mere labor force to produce food that is in accordance to an agenda of privatization, genetic modification, resource control and further contamination that is leading farmers to the point of suicide when realizing the contracts that they are forced to sign if they want to keep themselves ‘in business’ – The same happens with the monopolization of food distribution that leads to massive profits to a few chains that have all control of products that we consume where not only price but also the quality and conditions of our meals are being corrupted in order to fulfill more profit-making agendas where any form of actual care for our health is overridden by the need to control and generate more money out of a basic human need, which is food

         

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        These are some of the problems … go to the Next section for solutions

         

         

        Solutions                                                              

        • Food is a Fundamental Human Right and it must be granted to every individual by Constitutional Right where all Human Beings are given access to all foods and  nutrients to live a healthy and fulfilling life. This is possible due to understanding that all Resources of the Earth must be Equally distributed/ given access to all inhabitants of the planet in order to feed ourselves properly. It is a certainty that lacking resources is not the problem, but rather the system of power and control that would not grant all equal access to this – this will be solved through the implementation of Equal Money where your money is your access to that which we require to live  in the best possible condition.

         

         
        In an Equal Money System, Food will be a Basic Human Right. Food will no longer be detrimentally linked to money, where money decides the availability and quality of food and transparency of information. Food will no longer be tool for Profit but a Source of Life.
        Day 204: Food Monopoly and Equal Money Capitalism

         

        • Equal Money Capitalism: Your work will enable you to earn money to buy the best quality food available existent in a system where profit won’t define the type of food you obtain, instead the highest quality standards will be implemented to know exactly what it is that we are consuming and how it has been produced from the moment of extraction to its final distribution center. This is part of the necessary transparency to ensure no hidden agendas are integrated in the very foods we eat. There won’t be privatization of resources, but organized labor to extract and produce sufficient food to ensure it is enough for everyone in the world in a sustainable basis.

         

        • We realize that providing a fulfilling diet for all individuals increases the ability for human beings to be well developed as well as improving performance in educational processes. All Children will have access to food from the moment of conception, gestation in the mother’s womb to ensures proper development,we understand that healthy mothers and children are the foundation of the preventive measures to eradicate diseases, virus and weaker immunologic systems. Information about proper nutrition will also go hand in hand with necessary education for parents to know how to feed their child in all various stages of their growth and development.

         

        • Quality foods will be a global standard that will form part of the global transparency to disclose all processes involved in food production, labeling of products to inform the people what is exactly being consumed – this means that many of our products will have to be reconfigured and reassessed according to its actual nutrimental value as opposed to mere profit-making products that do more harm than any good.

         

        • Food Safety: By Legal determination, all proven to be Cancerous substances, toxic chemicals, pollutants, fertilizers, genetically modified seeds and any other form of deliberate intervention to our food that is detrimental for living beings’ health will cease to exist once that we, the people of the world, ensure that our food is purified and reconfigured to be of actual support and is safe for every individual that consumes it – this is part of the de-monopolization process that will take place once that profit is no longer the driving force in our world system and corporations cease to have power over what we eat.  Instead providing quality healthy foods will be the standard that is sustained, guarded and supervised by all individuals as it is part of our collective responsibility to never again allow tyrant corporations to take control of our food, crops and distribution of it.  All necessary research to reverse these effects will form part of the restoration of our directive principle upon the food that we eat.

         

        • Consumption habits will be taught to parents and teachers where our food preferences will be transformed to be of actual support in accordance to physical body requirements. Diets will be given to every person and caretaker of minors to ensure that by virtue of having equal access to food, the nutritional requirements are given to all as an actual Human Right – this means that the Access to Food that we in fact Require is part of the new way in which we will ensure that everyone has the necessary means to live well. It will depend on each one’s work and further consumption preferences to buy extra treats, but the basics will be granted as a basic necessity that will be covered by default – this is the real end of Hunger.

         

        • The Government’s function – which will be any individual that wants to cooperate with supervision purposes to ensure all food production and distribution is optimized in an best for all manner. This will include designating the necessary resources for scientific and agricultural research to enhance food production technologies, optimize it and restore it to function in accordance to the natural cycles of the Earth, along with necessary corrections for further resource efficiency in all the processes involved in food production – this will include rehabilitation of eroded and ‘dead fields’ to be suitable for crops again, as well as providing the necessary infrastructure and education for people in places where food has not been grown due to lack of resources.

         

        • We will all support with Food Production according to the laws of physical supply and demand which means there are no market forces that determine the availability of food, it will be a process of logistics, human labor/work force, technology, transportation, distribution and sustainability at an ecological level what will be taken into consideration to ensure that food is guaranteed to all 7 billion people in this Earth – it is possible, we simply have to create the necessary infrastructure to do so in order to guarantee the application of the Fundamental Human Right to grant Food to all individuals equally.

         

         

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        The following is part of the Constitutional Fundamental Human Rights as promulgated by the Equal Life Foundation.

           

          The Third Fundamental Human Right is that: Every Human, Fundamentally, Requires Food to Exist, Food to Have a Life on Earth and therefore, Food (which is primarily, actually, a Substance that is Produced by the Earth for Free, to a degree – except for the Human Labour part) –

          Food is the Third Basic Human Right. Without Food, Nobody can Exist. The very moment Food becomes a Scarcity that is Used for Control, one Actually Produce and Change the Human into the Behavior of a Slave-Master Relationship and there exist No Human Right in that Relationship.

          DAY 362: Human Rights and the Equal Life Foundation

         

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        Rewards                                                              

        • Knowing with certainly what we are consuming/ drinking is the greatest safety measure we can co-create by working as a team that ensures only what is best for all is conducted in our food production processes. Food labeling will be an imperative requirement as well as providing the necessary nutritional education as mentioned to ensure that no underweight or overweight is produced – this will go hand in hand with removing products containing substances that are only meant to create addictions, like too much sugar, artificial flavors and growth enhancements, since the starting point of our food will be to nurture ourselves, not to make money out of it. Ensuring your child will be given the best quality foods is ensuring a lifetime of healthy habits and conditions – this is only possible if we all cooperate to become equal supervisors of how our food is produced, packaged and distributed.

         

        • Wars won’t exist in a world where life will be honored instead of antagonized and fought against in means of obtaining resources, work force, territory or any other political purpose. In a world where Life is Recognized and Valued in Equality we will all instead cooperate to ensure that the countries  and regions of the world with most lack are the ones that obtain the immediate support to stop and eradicate world hunger.

         

         

         

         

         

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        321.Political vs. Economic Power -EMC

        Without the power of life embedded in each one of the beings in this ecosystem,  it is impossible to have a functional and sustainable organization.  The real power in Equal Money is life itself, which we must organize and distribute in an interdependent manner where every single part is considered to benefit each other as Equals, a physical organization that won’t be tainted by the mental rhetoric to control or abuse under the illusion of power ever again.

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        307. CapitalismUS: Pursuit of Happiness

        308. Might Makes Right: CapitalismUS

         

         

        Problem                                                                             

        What is the difference between economic power and political power?

        What is the difference? The difference between political and economic power is the difference between plunder and production, between punishment and reward, between destruction and trade. Plunder, punishment, and destruction belonging to the political realm; production, reward, and trade belonging to the economic realm.

        The symbol of the businessmen is a positive — the dollar — given to you voluntarily by trade. The symbol of a bureaucrat is a negative — a gun — pointed at you. The man who prefers the gun to the dollar, is the man who thinks he will be controlling the gun. The joke is on him — the results are upon all of us.

        http://capitalism.org/category/power/

         

        • There is no such thing as ‘voluntary trade in our current system, such concept would mean I would have a choice to pay for my apples today or not, or not pay our debt and bills, or not charge money for our work – as if we had no need for it to eat and live.

         

        Point 3: “…Profits are created through voluntary exchange, not through the exploitation of people.”
        Wow, what a whopper. Somebody get me Tim Cook or the sweatshop responsible for my Nike’s. “Voluntary exchange,” eh? Anybody who works for a living knows that they are a few paychecks away from having to beg on the streets. One either sells their labor to another in exchange for money, or one doesn’t eat. This notion that Capitalism is based on voluntary participation is a sweet – sounding mythology that’s been built up in layers of philosophical sediment over the past 400 years. This process is too deep to cover here, but it’s instructive to note that proponents for speak glowingly about Capitalism’s “voluntary exchange” are going to distort and mangle the definition out of context to support their perspective. – Darryl Thomas – [1]

         

        • Reality works the other way around from what capitalism.org suggests in terms of political powers and economic powers. Before the 20th Century, the working class had little political power because they were not able to get the financial policies that served their interests in place. However, once they became empowered with the apparatus promoted by Wilson under the banner of Democracy, Freedom and Pursuit of Happiness, the ascent of the corporate powers enabled them to lobby the government to make the policies that they required to finally serve their interests and promote them as political ideologies, which were cynically linked to consumption and accumulation of wealth as a sign of living in a Free State society with Free Market Capitalism where individuals could pursue happiness, but Not achieve it, as we have reviewed in previous entries.

         

        • Private interests are now running the economic regimes around the world, it is a self-proclaimed monetary authority whose rules and regulations are like a coded language so that you and I, regular citizens, could not have such open access to understanding that our Monetary Policies are not founded upon any real value other than serving exchange rates that benefit international trade and investment in which only a minority participate – all of it guided by the desire to obtain the most benefit with ‘openness’/ free trade at the least cost of loss, wherein governmental expenses would focus on subsidizing corporate endeavors and  interests without guarding people’s interests, at all.

         

        • Domestic stability is being sacrificed to only benefit Capital interests which means the individuals, the people that make the economy function are being affected by the ambitions of power and expansion that the ‘powerful minority’ are seeking to attain, using their currency as a means to expand and obtain more benefits at a lower sacrifice for them – yet, the people are obviously the ones that must suffer higher prices and lower wages , causing an inevitable even greater polarization, such as the one America is facing today, CapitalismUS as an ideal American Dream is coming to an end, and we all participate in it every moment we accept such policies of what should be illegal enrichment by corporations – instead, we become loyal consumers of the ideology that has justified the rise of corporate powers subduing political power to be simply a dictator of another’s faceless desires – which is the corporation as a fictional entity with no social responsibility or regulation. Politicians are bribed, the people are fed lies about the necessary cuts in budget, the necessary austerity and the reasons to bailout banks with a  scant rhetoric that justifies with the greatest hopes and promises why people will somehow ‘see the light’ after being evicted from their homes, unable to pay for their debt and having to face quite a shift in their lives the moment that they are forced to declare bankruptcy and seek for any other means to make it through the day, while banks/corporations do the land-grabbing accordingly.

         

        Watch the news on the eviction going on in Berlin where less-powerful people are having to leave the space for ‘wealthier’ people wanting a safe spot in the capital of Germany:

         

        Capital Flight: Berliners evicted as regional migrants occupy prime

         

        • After all of this, the enforcement of these convenient policies is being Money as a Gun from private corporations toward the government, therefore there is no such thing as government power over economy at the moment, and this same gun is endorsed through culture and media wherein you end up accepting that going to war to save foreigners and bring democracy is a good thing as long as  You  are happy and secure, but have no clue why such amount of money is being spent on waging wars rather than sorting our health care and educational systems. The power of the people is sold when dreams are bought as a purpose to live.

         

        • The individual problem is faith in the system, the general apathy or acceptance and passivity to consider any form of reform to the current order in which our interests are being managed like a monopoly game, wherein the lives of those that enjoy such ‘economic power’ becomes our dream to achieve and point of comparison to then define who we are in relation to powers others rejoice themselves in under a magic spell called power that we’ve endowed money and certain ‘authorities’ with.

         

        What is the Solution to this diatribe between Economic and Political Powers?

         

        Solution                                                                             

        • The Power of the People: The capacity to contribute as individuals to change the current paradigm of our society that seeks power, money as the ultimate purpose in our lives and ensure we become a solution to this ideological imperialism that is the current basis of the money culture embedded in the idea of self we form and shape influenced by our family systems, political powers and obviously corporations and the economic system that stands as an ‘almighty regulator’ completely alienated from the lives of the people that only suffer the consequences of the arbitrariness of this power structure, where we should all instead be equally educated about Politics and  Economy to understand the way we relate to each other in our society and ecosystem.

         

        • It is our responsibility to ensure that the old paradigm of these polarized powers is stopped within each one of us, this is Not going to be endorsed by our current Educational systems, it won’t stem from a sudden benevolent approach from corporations to be more condescending toward life and promote human dignity as long as we All still Value Money over Life itself.

         

        • Our ‘Fight’ is not of resistance, violence or protest, it is a deliberate Stand to focus on the Principle that is being violated by each one of us that has contributed to maintain the system as is:  valuing money and the power over life, commoditized in such a rapid pace that we have to consider that our reality won’t keep up with our mind desires, since the mind works on energy which is a relationship of abuse toward our physical body. (read more on: 155. Are we all Cannibals? | for a redefinition on consumerism as physical support )

         

        • We are the ones that must ensure that constitutional rights and new laws are promulgated for the preservation of the environment, working laws, regulating banking systems to work as a public service, electing representatives through direct democracy, dismantling the over-wrought security systems and military forces instead of upgrading private property and free trade policies that support the ever-expansive  imperialism in the name of ‘openness’ or free market, eating the world without realizing it is ourselves we are consuming.

        Rewards                                                               

        We as individuals in Equality will ensure no government or corporation prints money or writes laws according to their supposed ‘mutually exclusive interests,’  both will exist as the two necessary terminals in the function of common good at a political and economical level under the Constitutional Principle of Equality as Life,  where the individual within a collectivity, realizes the unnecessary existence of a hegemon or superior power to take responsibility for what we can contribute with as self responsible individuals,  and live this as a matter of principle, since there will be no ability to trump the laws to make ‘more money or gain any form of advantage from not doing so.

        Self determination within an Equality based organization means treating each other as we would like to be treated, there will be no need for policemen in our heads nor as security systems to regulate our basic understanding of what supporting each other as equals in fact mean. This is what we must ensure we integrate at an individual level, and for that we will share how to contribute with this Equal-Power understanding through Educational means in the following blog.

         

         

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