1.02 billion people do not have enough to eat - more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union (Source: FAO news release, 19 June 2009)
The number of undernourished people in the world increased by 75 million in 2007 and 40 million in 2008, largely due to higher food prices (Source: FAO news release, 9 Dec 2008)
Every six seconds a child dies because of hunger and related causes;
(Source: State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2004)
10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths (Source: The State of the World's Children, UNICEF, 2007)
Far more children live with undernutrition than die from it. For infants and young children, the effects of chronic malnutrition in the early years of life are largely irreversible.
In the United States, 11.7 million children live in households where people have to skip meals or eat less to make ends meet. That means one in ten households in the U.S. are living with hunger or are at risk of hunger.
884 million people, lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people. (Source: UNICEF/WHO. 2008. Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: Special Focus on Sanitation)
3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease. 43% of water-related deaths are due to diarrhea.
1.4 million children die as a result of diarrhea each year. 84% of water-related deaths are in children ages 0 – 14. (Source: World Health Organization. 2008. Safer Water, Better Health: Costs, benefits, and sustainability of interventions to protect and promote health.)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a national unemployment rate of 10.2% in October 2009, a 26 year record, the highest it has been since April 1983. The number of unemployed persons increased by 558,000 to 15.7 million.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Outstanding Public Debt of the United States as of 13 Nov 2009 is: 11,995,476,548,812.
The estimated population of the United States is 307,276,633 so each citizen's share of this debt is $39,038.04.
The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.85 billion per day since September 28, 2007
The United States by far has the largest percentage of its citizens behind bars of any country in the world. Over 2 million 300 thousand prisoners are now being incarcerated in US penitentiaries and jails.
The U.S. has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the world's prison population.
The average annual operating cost per inmate is about $62 per day and $22,600 per year.
About 20% of the prison population is composed of inmates who have been incarcerated for drug charges and who are not violent offenders.
(SOURCE: Bureau of Justice Statistics)