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July 15, 2005

8 More Facts to Digest Today

The Melbourne Age ran these facts on its front page on July 2. They are worth pondering:

1. 30000 children die every day from preventable diseases
2. Nearly 11 million children under the age of five die every year
3. One woman dies every minute as the result of pregnancy and childbirth
4. More than 500,000 women die in childbirth and pregnancy every year
5. 58,000 people die each day from hunger and easily preventable diseases
6. One in five children in the developing world does not have access to safe water
7. 1.3 billion people live on less than $US1 a day
8. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the world's poorest 48 nations is less than the wealth of the world's three richest people combined.

It sat alongside a major article headed: "A child dies from poverty every three seconds" and subtitled: That's how long it took you to read the headline. In the time you've taken to read this, two more have died.

I kept the paper and missed the link, but you can view the front page here

The articles appeared in relation to Live8

Posted by gary at July 15, 2005 09:08 PM

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How do we allow this to happen...

“After observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and gain of one and all, then accept it, practise it, and live up to it.”

I am currently working on a Food Ethics presentation for my professional institute. I found a little quote, above, that I intend to use on the science focused group. What great scientist coined those words. It was none other than the Buddha himself? Perhaps the Buddha recognised that the living is both an art and a science. This has been a test Blog!

Posted by: Nicholas at July 18, 2005 05:17 PM

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