Steve McCabe MP shows support for ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign to tackle hunger in the West Midlands.

Steve McCabe joined local campaigners, charities, faith and community groups and community leaders to launch ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF.

Hunger and malnutrition in childhood will trap almost a billion people in poverty by 2025, according to the major new campaign, launched by Britain’s leading development charities and faith groups.   The group warns that in a world where there is enough food for everyone, the scandal of children growing up hungry also imposes a grave economic burden on the developing world, costing £78 billion over the next 15 years.

 

Eight foot high letters spelling out IF were unveiled in Birmingham city centre alongside a large banner to launch ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ in the West Midlands.  The campaign was launched in Birmingham and Wolverhampton by local campaigners from charities, faith and community groups, community leaders and MPs. 

 

Charities based in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and across the West Midlands including Christian Aid, the Vegan Society, Cafod, Oxfam, Islamic Relief and Wolverhampton Poverty Action Group are just some of the organisations coming together to launch IF,  the largest coalition of its kind in the UK since Make Poverty History in 2005. 

  

The West Midlands launches of the campaign in Birmingham and Wolverhampton has received widespread backing and support from the regional community. 

 

Steve McCabe MP said:

“It is madness that while we are seeing food banks popping up all over the country we are actually wasting a huge amount of food that is produced. No adult or child should go hungry in this day and age, we need better co-operative effort between all parties involved and that is what the IF campaign is trying to achieve.”

 

Bill Anderson, Chair of the Birmingham District of the Methodist Church said:

“People will know that the Methodist Church has been engaged in questions of tax justice and fair trade for many years so when I heard that this was beginning to happen that there is enough food for all, I began to reflect on this. 

 

“As I ate my fairtrade breakfast this morning, I remembered the headlines of two weeks ago – of the incredible amount of food in Britain that just goes to waste every year and then the whole question that we’re being asked to examine in our lives. It takes a bit of energy because its not just a matter of walking around the supermarket but actually recognising where our food is sourced from.  So to find myself eating beans grown in Africa when people in Africa are starving to death because they are growing crops for us is not a moral place to be.  So its a labyrinth of journey that brings me to this day to believe that actually it is right that in a world where we can put a man on the moon we can obliterate ourselves in moments with atomic weapons we ought to be able to apply that same sort of science to feeding the world.”

 

 

In its first report released on Wednesday 23 January 2013, the group which numbers 100 organisations and has the backing of philanthropist Bill Gates and Desmond Tutu, warns of the human and economic cost of hunger in a world where there is enough food to feed everyone. Other high profile supporters include actors Bill Nighy, Keeley Hawes and Bonnie Wright, musician Baaba Maal, athletes Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson and England rugby legend Matt Dawson.

 

As well as the 937 million children and people (aged 15-40) whose life chances will be permanently damaged by the impact of childhood hunger by 2025, the report estimates that malnutrition will cost developing countries an annual $125 billion (£78 billion) in lost economic output by 2030.

 

Great strides have been made in reducing poverty and 14,000 fewer children are dying each day than in 1990. But hunger is threatening to reverse these achievements. Hardworking poor farmers, especially women and their children, and vulnerable and ordinary people everywhere face the highest food prices in a generation. In the UK, the numbers of people using food banks has risen sharply. Climate change is making things even worse.

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