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Driver Middle School Students compete in Optimist speech contest

Starvation means you are dying from the lack of nutrients and minerals food provides. It is a killer that can result from [1] poverty: three billion people worldwide survive on just $2 a day to feed and support them and their extended families as said by Thinkquest, an education foundation. [2] corrupt governments: such as Zimbabwe in Africa, denying its own people food, and [3] natural disasters like the Haitian earthquake or the tsunami in Asia. If I can get people to realize how severe starvation is and the roots from which it starts, then I can tackle and eradicate this concern swiftly.

The "Stats of Starvation" are shocking. According to the World Hunger Education Service, every 3.6 seconds, someone dies of starvation in the world. That's 24,000 people each day; 15 million each year. Seventy-five percent of these people are malnourished children with no parents, or parents who can't afford to care for them. 183 million kids weigh less than they should for their age. More people die from starvation than recorded, because starvation leads to other diseases, such as scurvy, and they can lead to death.

Our world has the resources to tackle this predicament. We have the funds. What our world spends on its military in two days, we could prevent 100 MILLION starvation deaths. Furthermore, two-thirds of the adults in the U.S are overweight or obese, but how is this possible when HALF of the food in this country is discarded and thrown away. If we recover this carelessly tossed away food, we can nourish 80 million people a day.

There are many ways to solve starvation. One way is to research and develop ways to grow food on a worldwide scale. Some people live in areas where food can't be grown, such as Southern Sudan, so new technology is needed to be able to farm those areas and to provide irrigation in the deserts. Specially modified farms could allow us to farm faster and more efficiently in hard-to-farm areas. We could also improve food distribution techniques; for example, first world countries have a surplus of staple crops and other foods that could easily be distributed with improved technology and transportation. We will concentrate on the mass production of specially designed meals for malnourished people, that are already being distributed by organizations such as Stop Hunger Now. Meals that cost just 25c per meal! Additionally, the simple act of digging a well could provide a remote village a permanent supply of water. These techniques could save millions of lives.

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