How much would it cost to end world hunger?

Hunger Math

There are a number of ways to estimate, very approximately, how much money would be needed — along with at least several other measures — to end world hunger. But the first point I should make is that money alone cannot end hunger.

Suppose we give every hungry person money to buy food. That approach would be very expensive, but it also would not work. As proven by the calculations in my book, Hunger Math, the world agricultural system does not produce sufficient dietary fat to feed 7 billion persons. So if you went out and bought enough food to give to the current one billion hungry, you would be, in effect, depriving a different billion persons of food. There is only so much food in the world. And given that much food is wasted and much is misused to make fuel or livestock feed, you cannot simply buy…

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