"Is it that people are going hungry because of a shortage of food? No it is not. The reason people are going hungry is because of poverty. Then, all of a sudden, you’re on a different question. You’re not asking: why is there insufficient food, but it turns out to be, why are people poor?- Raj Patel, writer, activist, and academic on food politics and social ecology (via onceuponawildflower)
And right there, you’re on a political question, and one that is far, far more difficult to answer. It involves asking questions about power, and about class, and about inequality and the persistent inequality in this country. And that’s a much harder question to ask than the question that’s about, ‘Well, is there enough food in America?’, to which clearly the answer is yes."