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    kyril

    but it's important to keep in mind that even in the worst famines in the poorest countries in the world, food is never scarce. (Economist Amartya Sen won the Nobel Prize showing how this was true even in the infamously horrible famines of Ethiopia in the 1970's or Bengal in the 1940's.) It's that some people are left without income or other means of acquiring the food they need that causes starvation, For example, in this country, it means not having a job or a large enough welfare check, which is why government stimulus is so important in a severe recession, but it can also mean budget constraints of local food shelves.  It's lack of money made available to the poor where the waste is occurring, not food in the garbage.

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