September 23, 2012

Since Charles Krauthammer’s Sep. 20 piece “Collapse of the Cairo Doctrine” brings up the issue of U.S. foreign policy, we should highlight an extremely overlooked aspect: Fighting hunger and malnutrition.

As George Marshall once said, “hunger and insecurity are the worst enemies of peace.” We have to realize that a successful foreign policy is one that vigorously combats hunger. Yet right now budgets are too low for our Food for Peace and other hunger fighting initiatives. These programs, which currently make up less than 1 percent of the foreign affairs budget, can be expanded without breaking the bank.

Run down a list of countries high our foreign policy list and you will see high rates of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Pakistan, Somalia to name a few. Food is a bridge to peace.

William Lambers, Cincinnati