Frequently, Jon Stewart and his minions at The Daily Show come closer to the truth than the ‘real’ media. Here they take on the contentious debate over how best we can help feed the hungry around the world.
As Humanosphere has explored ad nauseum (sometimes with our own attempt at humor) over the past few months, there have been proposals by the Obama Administration, the US Agency for International Development and many within the humanitarian community to reform our highly inefficient and self-serving methods of distributing food aid.
By law, we require that our food is bought in America and shipped by American vessels – even though we could feed a lot more starving people if we (like most other civilized wealthy nations) purchased crops from farmers in poor countries closer to the crisis du jour. Some experts have estimated simply eliminating this self-serving requirement could feed an additional 4 to 10 million people.
Here’s the Daily Show’s take on it: