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The International Food Security Treaty is the core of a global commitment to fulfill the human right of freedom from hunger and to protect it with enforceable international law.

Just Published in the 2016 Harvard International Review:

On the Origin of a Hunger-Free Species
By Means of Enforceable Natural Law

Perhaps the most important article about the International Food Security Treaty (IFST) ever written now appears in the new print and online editions of this prestigious journal, which has published essays by many prominent figures in world affairs, including Bill Clinton, Ban Ki-moon, Nelson Mandela, Amartya Sen, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Kofi Annan, and The Dalai Lama.

In the wake of the October 2015 presentation of the IFST as an accompaniment to the annual plenary session of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security in Rome and the YouTube release of the 2016 animated short film Thunder Head Clearing, publication of this article by IFST Campaign Director John Teton marks an important milestone in the growing acceptance of the IFST’s principles as necessary to the fulfillment of the human right of freedom from hunger.



Planned and produced over seven years by Earthlight Pictures with a crew of artists from across the United States and abroad, the seven-minute animated film Thunder Head Clearing tells the story of a gathering of strangers drawn to a mysterious clearing in the woods, where a towering creation of light and power sweeps them up in an extraordinary series of events triggered by the International Food Security Treaty


No carpenter would attempt to build a wooden house without a hammer. Yet, in more than half a century since the right to be free from hunger was established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world has struggled to end hunger without the similarly crucial tool of strong law. The valiant aid and development programs we've relied on instead have proven insufficient to eliminate malnutrition, which still yields an annual death rate far exceeding that of the Nazi genocide machinery during World War II, and afflicts nearly one billion others, according to a September, 2010 report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. And it's not just the malnourished dying slow deaths who suffer - hunger also fuels overpopulation, which in turn inflicts corollary damage on the world's environment, economy, and urban, regional and international stability


Famines and hunger are not inevitable necessities of nature. Widespread expert opinion holds that the planet has adequate food for all its inhabitants, and that famines and hunger are caused primarily by political conflict and detachment. As with other social ills like slavery and exploitation of the environment, the plague of hunger is sure to persist until legal safeguards against it are codified and enforced.

That's why hope is rising in many quarters for the prospects of the International Food Security Treaty (IFST). Based on existing international covenants, the 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. The IFST has been recognized as a crucial missing link in the world's efforts to eliminate hunger by leading figures in the United Nations, anti-hunger organizations, the U.S. Congress and courts system, and national religious groups.

Browse this website for a glimpse of a vital new development in human history, through which anyone can help realize the world's potential to become more secure and just.

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