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1 PAGE 12 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER 2, |990 ii Over one billion people, more thanpopulation, to the land and to be more environ- strucmral , change. If 20 percent of ,hi 20 percent of the world's population, This statement is wrong. In fact, the mentally responsible world s population were to live at th do not have enough, to eat. Why soopposite is more the case; hunger Myth # 5: Everyone wants to end same standard as the average person i~|l , much hunger? What can we do about causes overpopulation. When people hunger, the U.S., the remaining 80 perc !|[ it? To answer these questions we must are economically insecure, having lots Unfortunately, this, too, is wrong would have nothing at all. On the othCt|] d unlearn the various myths perpetratedof cl-fildren is a necessity to ensure that . : Many, such as local elites and multina- hand, ff the worlds resources wert,|l' about hunger which prevent us fromsome will survive to add to the family's tional corpoi'ations, benefit from this more equitably distributed, hunger an0,! : adequately understanding it. income and to serve as the parents' only unjust economic system built on hun- poverty would not exist, i[I Myth #1: People are hungry becausesource ofsecurityin old age. Onlywhen ger and the exploitation of the poor. ~! I ~ there is not enough food. structural injustice is ended will popu- How can we make a difference? Hunger Facts I This is not true. Abundance, not lation growth be able tube successfully It's not upto us to %ave the hungry," * More than one billion people scarcity, best describes theworld s food curbed, but rather to work together with the the world are chronically underno [[-(' supply. Considering grain alohe, Myth # 4: The solution to hunger ishungry for greater social justice. In our ,shed. i|[ ( enough is produced to provide every- to use U.S.-~tyle technology to produce country as in the Third world, wealth ' ill ~ one with ample protein and 3,600 calo- more food. and power is being increasingly concen- * In 8B countries of the world, thr61[ [( troll ries a day, many calories more than the This is wrong. In fact, when U.S.-style trated in the hands of the few. The percent of the landowners con . | average person needs. (Currently, over technologies have been introduced in struggle of the Third World poor almost 80 percent of the land.| I half this grain is fed to livestock.) the Third World, the plight of the poor against injustice is our struggle and our * 15 to 20 million people die ead] : : The problem is not scarcity, but (and the environment) has worsened,struggle is theirs, year of hunger-related causes, an av | IL inequitable distribution and the world- With only the wealthy able to afford the Things you can do: age of one every two seconds. Sevent |'t I'1 wide concentration ofwealth and power new technology, small farmers have * Educate yourself and others. Some five percent of these are children. ] [ I in the hands of a few. been forced off their land and human ood books include" Frances Moore =l I I Myth #2: People are hungry because labor re,qaced by machines Wealth has o ...... ...... ] * One out of every four human being| l i _ . r i Lappe anu/oseDn omns, tuna first: . ,:, there not enough land. become more concentrated and land- Bevond the~Ivth of ScarcP-" - -' "" .... nas no access to safe drinking water. J~ [ [~ 7~I ty anu **ona ...... o . . 7gl I' , man counrmes mls n ve I ., Th,s rsnot Only. 44 percent.oflessness, unemployment and hunger Hunger: Twelve Myths; TQm Barry, y _ , gure is a0o ] I me worla s nraD,e ,ann is acguaH cult_t- have increased . percent. ' _ Y Roots of Rebelhon: Land and Hunger . -- - .,~| [ rated. Much arable land is simply left In reali the solution to hun er is a .......... At least 100,000 children in | I f .. __. . . . . - ' -], t~ In t enum. nenca; usan t.,eorge, taow , ,- ... _ . . _./! I:f 1me m/targe tanaowners ..... for mvestment more just distribution of agriculture the Other---. u u"'r ~,r..s~:" ......... u / rlca go Dllnd each year tr0' t I s:!!x purposes or zs used to ratse cattle for land to small farmers Such farmers * Su or ....... v]tamm A aenclency. I . pp t organ,zauons worgmg for ! export. In addm.on, a large part of the have been shown to typically achieve grassroots development and emDower- * North Americans snend more @, [ pest land ,s used to grow non-essential several times the ou' 'ut -er acre as .... " .... - ..... r "-- _ ex rt s ..... p men, or me poor: uxtam America, chewing gum, tobacco and alcol 0 II po crop.sucn as co,tee aria sugar, largelarmers, m part because they work Braodway, Boston;MA, 02116;Institute beverages each year than the entit l [ msteaa otDemg used to raise nutritious their land more intensivel-, and ................... " .. .... ; . . _ z o~ ,or roou an, Ltevetopment Voncy, l~o annum Dudget of many poorer cou'll / m_oo_s ,or tocat peopte. _ more highly motivated. Such farmersMission St., San Francisco, CA, 94103. - tries. Myth # 3. Hun~er results from over- also tend to have a deener connection T: ........:--.-.~...._a ...-._1. ~-__ ;e_.._._ ,q.r__ ~_ -__, lit[ ! ! 'I l ! 17rU ~ am; n s ?I mWalYTi eyth rrOaUlyh O;ot ~llel~ifi'oOn .us,,, from page 1 lo5s tP~o;=ip o;t ~e t;ll~61s ave=ga~a~iu~ d,ocesan pnests only ' kl "We are grateful for the money," Sharum need our assistance in their golden years. The second collection on the weekend of Dec. 8 - 9 will help the sick, infirm and retired religious throughout our land. In 1989, the Catholics of Arkansas gave this cob lection $89,368.00. In that same year, St. Scholastica in Fort Smith received $58,041; Holy Angels in Jonesboro $18,431; Subiaco $11,063, a total of $87,535. In contributing to the col- lection, you are helping your own. Thanking you for your generosity, I remain, Your friend, Bishop of Little Rock "Collection," from page 1 this year to 591 religious congregations representing 7S,S09 religious over age 50. Orders have also begun their own fund drive~ to further meet the needs of their aging members. It is estimated that $5.6 billion would now have to be on hand to meet the retirement needs of all religious sister~ brothers and priests in the U.& NB 's "Today" show is chedulecl to air said. "It's needed. We have 101 sisters over the age of 70. It costs almost $10,000 a year to care for each retired sister. After social security, our portion is still about $6,000 a year per sister." Mother Mary Cabrini Arami, OSB, of Holy Angels Convent, said "We deeply ap- preciate the funds we have received. So many of the sisters have given so much to the Church in Arkansas for so little, it makes us grateful to not be forgotten. We use wisely what is :given to Us. Our benefac~ ~e ~ls0 remembered in our prayers." Holy Angels received more than $24,000 from the first year's collection. -This yeai3s grant was a big help to us,, said Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB, of New Subiaco Abbey. "It will become more im- portant as the aging of community members continues." "I don't want to sound like we're desper- ate," he said, "because we're not. The women religious are in greater need now than the male religious." Subiaco did not apply for a grant the first year of the collection. Many religious orders are striving to keep their retirement programs fully funded. Sharum said it costs St. $cholastica's $30fi,000 a year to remain fully funded in their retirement fund. Religious in 1989 Women Men 5% 0 Under 30 30-40 40-50 50-60 60-70 70-80 80-90 Over 90