Ending Hunger By the Force of Law

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Fri, 02/10/2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am
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The International Food Security Treaty

In this episode we discuss a condition that is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions of people. It is a condition that is completely preventable. Hunger.

Why are so many people in the world...why is anyone in the world malnourished? What can we do about it? The answer according to today’s guest is simple. We can end hunger by the force of law.

John Teton is the director of the International Food Security Treaty.  The International Food Security Treaty or IFST aims to establish enforceable international law guaranteeing the right to be free from hunger, and to oblige countries to establish their own related national laws.

John Teton lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He is a writer. He has written three science fiction novels. The novels are UpsurgeAppearing Live at the Final Test, and Elevation: The Cave Logs of New Hale, Tibet.

John’s work with the International Food Security Treaty is not science fiction. Instead, it is a shift to recognize in our consciences that hunger is a crime like slavery. It is a crime that like slavery can be ended by force of law.

John has written two articles about the International Food Security Treaty. In 2010 he published in the Yale Journal of International Affairs, an article entitled “The Armless Hand: The Call for Anti-Hunger Law and the International Food Security Treaty."

This was followed in 2016 by an article in the Harvard International Review, “On the Origin of a Hunger-Free Species By Means of Enforceable Natural Law.”

John Teton is a graduate from Harvard and studied film-making at NYU.  He released a short film in 2016 about the IFST called Thunderhead Clearing.

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