Why So Much Poverty Amid Plenty?
Regarding "Backlash: Behind the anxiety over globalization" (Cover Story, Apr. 24): The U.S. economy is booming but the number of hungry people has not decreased over the past four years, according to a study released recently. "At the peak of the longest economic boom in our history, over 30 million people live in households that experience hunger and food insecurity--about the same number as four years ago," says J. Larry Brown, Director of the Center on Hunger & Poverty at Tufts University. Why are so many millions going hungry in the world's richest country? Corporate globalization is the culprit. The corporations are simply blackmailing the workers by threatening to take their jobs elsewhere.