More than half of South Africans are hungry. And yet there is sufficient food in the country to sustain everyone. So, why would the World Health Organization have to elevate food to a basic human right? The commodification of this precious resource is the source of the evil. And ordinary people don’t know how to keep the wolf from the door. Spudcaster spoke to Brittany Kesselman, a food-rights activist, and produced this podcast.
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Eye opening and educational
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Exceptional as always Candice. Keep discussing pertinent matters like this, it's shameful.
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Thank you for doing the research on this very important topic. Food is a basic need and one can only commend countries like Brazil for their feeding programmes. It could provide us a framework to address our crisis at home. It’s so sad that we uphold this basic right in our correctional facilities but not in our schools to the same extent. People are very poor out there, and the cycle of poverty cannot be broken against the backdrop of hunger.
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Extremely educational, insightful and well presented. Candice you've nailed it.
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Excellent composition and thought provoking subject - we need this kind of awareness to evoke change.
Food for thought.... Thanks for sharing. This is brilliant.
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This is a great & topical piece of work. Apart from its topical salience it is also easy to listen to & has nice creative backdrop & mix of voices . Though its well crafted - id have liked it to probe one or two general statements a little bite more. For example - the idea that big food retailers "must get something" is interesting - but I'm wondering whether people say this simply because the idea of food as a commodity (which it is) is an entrenched one ? In fact what i surmise them to be suggesting a principle of 'fair exchange'. In other words nothing fir nothing. Id also have liked to have had the views of the researcher challenged (& balanced) with those of a food sales executive & an economist or two. Otherwise i found it useful & interesting.
Thank you for your response. Will definitely integrate those suggestions in the follow up!
Wow, did not think about food that way. I hope more countries could do what they are doing in Brazil. If only we in South Africa could start lobbing for this essential basic human need. Maybe the rest of Africa and all other countries could lobby for basic need for nourishment for all Gods people. i think this basic need needs to be addressed first before we rush on to free education.
Thank you for sharing this Candice I listened to your podcast yesterday and enjoyed the "commodification of food" angle you took on it. Very interesting. The Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action PACSA, also does a periodic if not monthly review of national food prices called the Food Barometer, it can also serve as a useful tool to measure how much nutritious foods "poor" people have access to; for future reference. Great stuff and keep on keep on!!
Very important topic to be tackling in SA at the moment. This was a brilliantly balanced piece of journalism which offered practical solutions to this unacceptable problem.
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