So we are paying trillion dollar government spy organization to investigate
poverty? Brilliant!!!The only country left out of the
study is America, where poverty is on the rise and will exceed all other 3rd
worlds by 2030.And who is going to feed and build homes and create
industries in all these 3rd worlds to plummet poverty? The US can't feed or
do anything to help any of them, we are too poor and poverty stricken to even
help ourselves.Our government thinks our economy is growing but in
reality we are a sinking ship of fools.
"... new technological developments could help close the gap between food
and water shortages and need."Interesting... the reality is that
although energy and food can be substituted with novel forms (e.g., wind, solar
for fossil fuels... and grasshoppers and insects are fast become a staple in
developing countries to substitute traditional meat), WATER has no substitute.
With another 2 billion people planning to enter the plant in the coming decades,
there's no question that the price of all commodities connected to WATER
will skyrocket in price. China has already polluted much of its
fresh water supplies and is already having problems serving its 1.3 billion
citizens with basic water needs. Much of our current energy needs -- from
fracking to nuclear power to coal- and gas-fired generation requires significant
water. Water used for energy can't be used immediately for drinking or
food production. Extreme water rationing and rapid waste/sewage
treatment technologies will be necessary in the near future... I'm not
optimistic about the prospects of that.A middle class existence will
probably require a lower quality of life than we know today.
while this is a commendable goal, I doubt it will happen. We have wasted $16
trillion on our own war on poverty; more people and a larger percentage of our
population are now in poverty than at any time in our history.Unfortunately there will always be those who cannot or will not take care of
themselves. As long as they exist, we will have the poor among us, and it is
incumbent on us to take care of them - willingly, not through some inefficient,
wasteful, corrupt government wealth redistribution system.
How Moronic. They think that 0.5B people living on less than a dollar a day is
"virtually eliminating" poverty?Maybe they should ask one or
two of that 0.5B.Poverty could be eliminated today. But it is used
as a tool in many parts of the world (US included, if the current administration
continues to have their way) to control and manipulate the populace.The Earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, and there is enough and
plenty to spare. The problem is not one of production, but one of distribution,
and always has been.Unfortunately, as long as corrupt, power-hungry
regimes rule, there will always be suffering poor below the poverty line. That
is why so many of us have to believe in the power of ONE.
You all remind me of my father: preach doom and gloom so you will be right in
case things don't work out. But that contributes to the failure you are
predicting. Why not take a chance, go out on a limb, and predict good things?
That would also contribute to the outcome, but in a positive way. Who cares if
everything turns out bad? We will certainly know how to complain about that!
But won't it be wonderful if good things actually happen, and poverty IS
virtually eliminated? I'd rather feel part of the solution, and not part
of the problem.Cheer up, folks! The resources are there if we,
meaning "all the world", can decide to do whatever is needed and get rid
of poverty. Of course, that is a lofty goal, but I'd rather fail trying to
make it happen than moan and groan and sit idly by and watch it fail.....
Some good comments. As long as we trust in government as the know it all, do it
all, we will fail at everything, includig eradicating poverty. It will be
obedience to correct, liberating principles, not the glib tongues of powerful,
political leaders, that will solve the world's problems, from energy,
education, agriculture, water, to crime, tyranny, terrorism, and poverty.
First of all, people are hardly ever poor because they are lazy, hunger is very
motivating. People are poor because they are cut off from resources.
Poverty means instability. Instability is the business of intelligence. I wish it were true.
Not unless we rid ourselves of corrupt leaders.