Along with water and air, food is the most basic necessity of life. Its purpose is to nourish the body, mind, and soul. Food, therefore, should give us life, cleanse our body and uplift our soul. Eating food should never be just about fuelling the physical body.
According to all Yoga traditions, food that is old, decomposed and consisting of dead flesh will pollute the body and consciousness, while food that is fresh, alive and nutritious will enrich the body, cleanse the mind and satisfy the soul.
When one recognises the equality of all beings, one will naturally want to share Earth’s bounty with others. World hunger is not due to a lack of food, but from a lack of equal distribution. Out of all the grain production on earth, 40% is grown to feed livestock, not humans; more than enough to fill the bowls of millions of hungry people.
The issue of world hunger is vast, varied and complicated – and there is no simple solution for a complex problem – but without a doubt, if humans learned to look past racial, religious and ethnic differences, there would be no scarcity anywhere in the world. What one village lacked in its ability to be sustainable, another village could contribute through free knowledge, labour exchange, or bartering.