When Congress abolished the House Select Committee on Hunger in a fit of reform last spring, its chairman protested in a manner rarely seen on Capitol Hill -- he gave up food for three weeks. Rep. Tony Hall's fast didn't get much reaction from his colleagues, but it did succeed in calling public attention to an issue that blights the lives of one billion people around the globe.
lTC In response, the World Bank offered to hold a major conference on hunger. This week it brought world leaders like United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and former President Jimmy Carter together with development officials and non-governmental organizations to discuss ways to get food to hungry people. It's true that wars and famines and natural disasters take a heavy toll, but the greater problem is the crippling lack of political will to end hunger. Bad policies kill more people than do war or bad weather.