Listeners Respond: Is Food a Human Right?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Last week on the program we discussed the idea of making access to food a basic legal right. This idea comes from India, a country that is home to one of the world's largest impoverished populations, with over 421 million of its citizens going hungry. India is now considering making access to food a right enshrined by the constitution. Takeaway listeners tell us whether they believe access to food should be a human and legal right.

On our Facebook page, Kathleen writes:

"Food is absolutely a human right. The fact that not every country can feed all its people right now is irrelevant to food being a human right. Governments - including ours - should be judged according to how quickly and effectively they are working to feed everyone."

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [3]


National Public Radio used to report on what Monsanto was up to regarding terminator seeds, etc. That was before Monsanto became a corporate underwriter for National Public Radio, or NPR as they now wish to be known.

Sep. 06 2010 01:14 PM

I guess that depends a lot on what it means legally. If food is a right, does that mean it's your defense in court for stealing it (that was almost implied in the blurbs I've heard on this)? If so, how poor do you have to be to be considered poor enough that stealing food is justified? Does it matter who you steal it from, whether it's the store, your neighbor of moderate means, or someone who's almost as bad off as you are and maybe can't afford to replace it?

Aug. 17 2010 07:50 PM
CarolB from North Bend, WA

This story ties together with the Monsanto story. We have to question why one company has been allowed to own 95 percent of the market for sugar beet seeds just so they can sell their herbicide,"Roundup". I've heard that one of the "features" of Monsanto seed is the plants they produce have sterile seed so farmers have to purchase new seed from Monsanto every year. That is the right to food issue. What if farmers around the world can't afford to buy Monsanto seed every year? I want a right to real, healthy, organic food.

Aug. 16 2010 09:20 AM

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