Ending Hunger 1987 General Resolution

BECAUSE, we believe in a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, and because we respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part and because we recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and that each person as a birthright should have enough to eat; and

WHEREAS, millions of people throughout the world go hungry and even starve to death in an age of unparalleled technological achievement; and

WHEREAS, massive amounts of food are annually wasted, destroyed, or never delivered to those who are malnourished or starving through failures of governments, distribution, transportation, or misapplied or deficient market mechanisms; and

WHEREAS, eliminating hunger and starvation may be realized by utilizing already existing technology and resources, with more efficient food production concentrated in areas where the need is greatest, by redistribution of food from areas of surplus to areas of shortage, and by balancing population with the earth's resources; and

WHEREAS, a massive mobilization of peoples and governments in both needy and affluent countries is vital for the ending of hunger, which must be a major priority for all humanity; and that to achieve this goal governmental and economic systems and policies should be modified to make optimal use of the world's food;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1987 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association acknowledges the ending of world hunger as an achievable goal; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That Unitarian Universalists work with organizations on local, state, provincial, national, and international levels toward the establishment of programs that hasten the elimination of hunger in both the short and long term; and to develop and promote worldwide nutritional self-sufficiency for all people; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED: That Unitarian Universalists lobby for financial support from government and private sectors, and encourage the involvement of business and industry in implementing such programs.