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OP ED: WHY WORLD HUNGER REALLY MATTERS
Source: American Soybean Association news release

We all know hunger is a global issue. We've seen the news, pictures and tragic stories of kids across the world that are unable to make it past their fifth birthday. But, how much do we really understand about what world hunger means and how we should address it?

A great article published by Global Citizen titled Hunger-10 Things You Thought You Knew, takes a quick look at 10 myths about hunger. A notable point of the article is that world hunger affects us all on a greater level than many may realize and is more than just a health issue:

"Hunger slows progress on other important areas that connect nations, including security...economies suffer, people fight, and farmers can't grow their crops effectively. Hungry children struggle to focus, learn, or even attend school...making it hard for them to contribute to the growth of the national economy..."

Myth #4, "Resolving Hunger Means Ensuring People Have Enough to Eat", brings up an important point that the World Soy Foundation (WSF) has recognized as key to reducing malnutrition. Noting the article's example: if someone that's hungry is given three meals of rice a day, they probably won't be hungry in the way we understand the word, but will they have the right nutrients needed for healthy development, mentally and physically? The answer to that is NO.

As a member of the soy family, you know the power of soy in providing protein-which is an essential part to a healthy diet. Soybeans contain all three of the macro-nutrients required for good nutrition and are the only common plant food that contains complete protein and all critical amino acids needed for human health!

In the recent past, the Foundation provided nearly 550,000 soy-based meals to over 19,000 people in developing countries, including young school children from Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras-allowing them the ability to focus and learn at school. We were also able to educate school, orphanage, and family caregivers on the preparation and importance of soy for a healthy diet. DonateToday

To join more than 1,000 farmers that support the Foundation's mission of reducing malnutrition through the power of soy, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today!

To make a donation, click "Donate Now," visit www.worldsoyfoundation.org or send your check to:

World Soy Foundation
12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63141


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