What is famine?

  • (noun): A severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death.
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A famine is a widespread scarcity of food, caused by several factors including crop failure, population unbalance, or government policies. This phenomenon is usually accompanied or followed by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality. Nearly every continent in the world has experienced a period of famine throughout history. Many countries continue to have extreme cases of famine.

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List Of Memorials To The Great Famine - Ireland
... Strokestown Park Famine Museum Customs House Quays, Dublin ... "Famine", a sculpture by Edward Delaney ... Limerick, The 'Broken Heart' Famine memorial by Maria Pizzuti, Lower Mallow Street ...
Famine, Affluence, And Morality - Quotations
... "either our distance from a preventable evil nor the number of other people who, in respect to that evil, are in the same situation as we are, lessens our obligation to mitigate or prevent that evil." "f it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we ought, morally, to do it." today "People do not feel in any way ashamed or guilty about spending money on new clothes or a new car instead of giving it to famine relief ... (Indeed, the alternative does not occur to them.) This way of looking at the matter cannot be justified ...
Lakshmeshwar Singh - Public Charity
... Lakshmeshwar Singh spent approximately £300,000 on relief work during the Bihar famine of 1873–74 ... employment for people effected by famine ... rivers of the Raj, and completed an elaborate system of irrigation works, for prevention of famine ...
Second Reformation - History
... The occasion of the Great Famine (Ireland) was also seized upon by the "new Reformers" ... Quaker and Irish politician Alfred Webb later wrote "Upon the famine arose the wide spread system of proselytism.. ... who took the "soup" became known for generations as "soupers" after the Famine many re-converted back to being Roman Catholics and in turn they became known as "jumpers", so one could have the "souper Doyles" or ...
Mary Letitia Martin - Famine
... the following two years her remaining fortune was destroyed in the potato famine as she attempted to alleviate its effects on her tenants ...

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    They can rule the world while they can persuade us
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    than a life of famine and suicide ... ?
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

    From the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
    Charles Darwin (1809–1882)

    I knew the poor,
    I knew the hideous death they die,
    when famine lays its bleak hand on the door;
    I knew the rich,
    sated with merriment,
    who yet are sad.
    Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961)