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Subject: Re: More on feeding 3rd world countries Date: 9/13/1999 2:43 PM
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Okay, lets say for arguments sake that we are going to educate instead of send food. If they die of starvation, the education is useless. Granted, I don't think you mean to cut food off immediately, so I don't think either of us would want to go this route (at least I hope not).


If I were emperor ;-) I would educate AND send food.

If I understand your position correctly, you are saying that we need "to teach them to fish instead of giving them food". A very valid position but you have to keep them alive long enough for them to learn to fish! During that time, would you also be teaching them "planned parenthood"? Would you be implementing a "one child policy"?

Frecs


Yes teaching fishing (all agriculture of course) would be the most efficient way to ensure food for all. And as I said above, I would send food while educating.

And, yes I would also teach them planned parenthood and the reasons for it. I suspect, the less modernized cultures would have less problem with the concept than the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist influenced cultures would who believe the world was created for humans and humans are meant to rule it. My assumption here is that "prehistoric" cultures are more appreciative of the interelationship of humans with other life forms on the planet than the above religions are.

And all of this is assuming that the human population explosion and continued anthropogenic environmental destruction is leading to catastrophe far beyond the starvation we see in the world today.

Chris
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