Another interesting question, which was brought up in class, is whether or not access to food should be considered a universal human right. If the answer is yes, this brings up serious questions about implementation. What quality of food/ degree of nourishment would fulfill this right? Should these minimum requirements be continually adjusted in light of increasing standards of living? What recourse, globally, would there be for those who were deprived of access to adequately nourishing food? I suppose one of the problems here in terms of general acceptance of the notion of access to food as a human right is that it deals with a much more tangible, consumable kind of resource than the kinds of things which we traditionally think of as being rights.
Actual implementation of a system to ensure that access to food would be guaranteed brings up a whole slew of other problems. In the US we have malnourishment and hunger despite the fact that there is an enormous amount of food which is wasted before it even hits the supermarkets. Why isn’t that food, much of it having been rejected in light of the average consumer’s supposedly inherent preference for unblemished produce, made available to those who need it here? Wouldn’t that be more effective than a can drive? Despite a general awareness of the issue of hunger, we can't even seem to adequately address food access here in the US where relief would be fairly easy (after all, a lot of produce is rejected after it reaches distribution centers). It certainly seems that access to food should be a priority, even if one might not agree that it should be a universal human right, but even after dealing with the specific problem of defining what "adequate access to food/nourishment" is, how can we enforce it, especially internationally?