Monday, September 7, 2009

The City That Ended Hunger, "It's So Easy".

In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I learned one simple truth: Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but a scarcity of democracy. But that realization was only the beginning, for then I had to ask: What does a democracy look like that enables citizens to have a real voice in securing life’s essentials? Does it exist anywhere? Is it possible or a pipe dream? With hunger on the rise here in the United States—one in 10 of us is now turning to food stamps—these questions take on new urgency.

To begin to conceive of the possibility of a culture of empowered citizens making democracy work for them, real-life stories help—not models to adopt wholesale, but examples that capture key lessons. For me, the story of Brazil’s fourth largest city, Belo Horizonte, is a rich trove of such lessons. Click HERE to Read More..


  1. You're really making me think today!

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  2. The world "food shortage" is so sad. It is all about human selfishness, corrupt governments etc. Those of us in rich western coutries have more food than we need, and others are starving... Great post.