It isn’t equally easy for people around the world to get enough to eat. Nearly 1/2 (49%) of those in developing economies, and 1/4 (25%) in emerging economies, have been unable to afford food for themselves and their family within the last year, according to a study undertaken by Pew Research. The United States stands out as having an extremely high GDP (so a developed economy) with a relatively high number of people who have gone hungry (24%).

This infographic from Good magazine illustrates the information well. There is also a useful interactive diagram found in the link to the Pew research.


The problem isn’t that there is not enough food, but that its distribution is inefficient and unfair. Many food crops grown in the developing world are sold for higher prices to more wealthy markets, land which could be used for food is often used for “money crops” like palm or quinoa. Both the United Nations and common sense tell us that we need fewer massive industrial monocultures, and more decentralized organic farms, to reduce ecological and logistical costs.

It is not impossible for everyone to have enough to eat every day, it is just impossible to achieve astronomical profit margins while doing so.