The 12 Misconceptions About The Right to Food

The 12 Misconceptions About The Right to Food

Brief answers to the following misconceptions that need to be addressed by recognizing economic human rights and using this knowledge to struggle against economic oppression of the poor and future generations:

1. We do not need rights but food.

2. Modern western agriculture will eventually produce enough food for everyone.

3. If development based on a free market will lead to growth, will it satisfy the needs of the hungry?

4. What does the Right to Food mean? Can the existence of this Right cause laziness among people?

5. Would the Right to Food be asking for too much from the government, and advocating for big government?

6. Does the Right to Food require a moral revolution of society, allowing human rights to become the foundation of interpersonal ethics?

7. Is hunger a violation of Human Rights?

8. Is the Right to Food about good governance?

9. Is the Right to Food realized if nobody is hungry anymore?

10. Is the nature of Human Rights of the first generation (civil and political) any different from the nature of the second generation (economic, social and cultural rights)?

11. Is the Right to Food justiciable? Can it be legally enforced?

12. Aren't Human Rights something mainly to be dealt with at the United Nations level? Should the FAO and the World Bank deal with the Right to Food? [author]

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