Every bite of meat is a slap to a hungry child

Every bite of meat is a slap to a hungry child

By Ana Sáez Ramirez

However, from the documents published to date, it can be extracted that in none of the 169 points included in the proposed solutions, has the reduction in meat consumption been taken into account. And that despite the fact that it is an indisputable fact that of the world's annual grain harvest, a quarter, that is 500 million tons, is destined to feed the slaughterhouse cattle of intensive livestock. A situation that outrages more and more people, such as Philip Wollen, former Citibank president, who said: “Poor countries sell their grain to the West, while their own children starve in their arms. And we feed it to the cattle, so we can eat a steak. Am I the only one who sees this as a crime? Every bite of meat we eat is slapping the tear-stained face of a hungry child.

The Swiss Jean Ziegler also drew attention to this problem. The well-known author was a deputy in the Swiss parliament and a UN Special Envoy for the Right to Food. Today he is vice chairman of the Advisory Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Ziegler is known for not mincing words, in fact his is the well-known phrase: “Global agriculture could easily feed twelve billion people. A child who today dies of hunger, dies assassinated ». Jean Ziegler does not want to participate in this terrible genocide and that is why he has stopped eating meat.

It is very curious that many of the countries that prefer to use grains for fattening animals, rather than giving them to the hungry, belong to the so-called Christian West, but what is Christian about this? Jesus of Nazareth, to whom Christianity refers, helped the weak and unprotected during His life, as many examples in the Gospels show. He taught: "What you do to the least of My brothers, that you do to Me."

But how does humanity behave? Doesn't he act like the passengers on the Titanic? The ship took eight hours to sink, and while people below deck drowned, wealthy first-class passengers upstairs still danced, unaware of what was happening.

In developed countries people still feel safe and continue to spend happily, while every five seconds a child under the age of 10 dies of hunger. Many people today are barely aware that each one, with their diet, decides if they want to participate in the fight against hunger and poverty. Well, for every piece of meat that is eaten less, more cereals can be used for human consumption. In this way, the 15 years that the UN has proposed to eradicate hunger and poverty could even be reduced, and this only with our eating habits.


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