Humanistic Science and Technology for a Hunger-Free World

  • M.S. Swaminathan
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Hunger is the extreme manifestation of poverty. To establish the actuality that lasting peace is possible only if we eliminate hunger, I quote George Hebert: 1

“Sweet Peace, where dost thou dwell?

I humbly crave.

Let me once know.

I sought thee in a secret cave.

And ask’d if Peace was there.

A hollow wind did seem to answer. No:

Go seek elsewhere.

At length I met a rev’rend good old man:

Whom when for Peace

I did demand, he thus began:

“Take of this grain, which in my garden grows.

And grows, for you;

Make bread of it: and that repose

And peace, which ev’rywhere

With so much earnestness you do pursue,

Is only there.”

The same idea can be found in the following words of the Roman philosopher Seneca, who was convinced at the beginning of the first millennium that where hunger rules, peace cannot prevail, “A hungry person listens neither to religion nor reason, nor is bent by prayers.” In spite of the recognition that food and drinking water constitute the first among the hierarchical...


Gender Inequity Modern Information Technology Poverty Eradication Nobel Peace Prize Lasting Peace 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M.S. Swaminathan
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  1. 1.World Food Prize Laureate and UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair, United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Project Task Force on Hunger,USA; and Pugwash Conference on Science and World AffairsM.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Rajya Sabha, Parliament House, Government of India and National Academy of Agricultural SciencesChennai, New Delhi, PugwashIndia, USA, Nova Scotia, Canada

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