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4.26.2009

Hunger and Hope

At first I didn’t want to write about the topic of hunger because it is an issue that is very hard to resolve, but my researches are now telling me that there is hope to resolve hunger.

Here in the Philippines, the less fortunate Filipinos have been very creative in fighting hunger. One extreme example is hanging a dried fish or “tuyo” at the middle of the table so that each member of the family can smell it right under the nose while eating only rice. Another example is to add any sauce on top of the rice, or others would add the oil from cooked pork. Even the middle class Filipinos would do that to suppress hunger in between meals, if they are not health conscious. Others would lengthen the availability of rice in their homes by cooking rice congee, instead of the usual cooked rice.

The more unbelievable ways to fight hunger are countless, but people practicing them are exposed to a lot of health risks which include food poisoning and of course, malnutrition.

The past week, I’ve been researching about "Spirulina", a blue-green algae that can help me and others prevent cancer, the main reason why I became interested about it, in the first place. It is now called the "21st century food", because of its potential to solve malnutrition. A lot of studies have been conducted, involving preschool children, to analyze the potency of its vitamins. It can be produced easily therefore there is hope that not only hunger but more importantly, malnutrition, can be resolved.

I’m glad that United Nations has set up an institution to fight malnutrition , and this is the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition (IIMSAM). This organization hopes that Spirulina would save the lives of almost 900 million people worldwide that are affected by malnutrition.

"In the year 2009, IIMSAM along with the Republic of Honduras and an increasing number of Member States of the United Nations that support the mandate of the organization such as Argentina, United Kingdom, China, India, Russian Federation, Qatar, Italy, Jamaica, and all the Central and South American countries and many more including IIMSAM Official Member and Supporting States, would initiate a Draft-Resolution in the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly to promote the use of Spirulina against severe malnutrition and make it a key-driver to achieve global food security and bridge the health divide." - www.iimsam.org


4 comments:

Mikes said...

Great event! Nice post! Let's all together fight against Hunger!

Maria Luisa Taa Venida said...

Thanks for your comment and support Mikes!

Maria Luisa Taa Venida said...

Thanks also for "Your Daily Word", Mikes!

Anonymous said...

Interesting post. The choices of individual, poverty-stricken people are important and necessary. However, equally important and necessary are government policies, and big business and their responsibilities ethically towards improving life for the world's poor and hungry people.

Blessings,
DimLamp