EXCLUSIVE: UN Spins Professor’s Article on Hunger as ‘Satire’ — Professor Disagrees

The United Nations quietly removed an old op-ed from its website after the article went viral for claiming that hunger “has great positive value to many people.” The UN claimed the article was “satire,” directly contradicting comments the author made to MRC Business via email.

“For those of us at the high end of the social ladder, ending hunger globally would be a disaster,” University of Hawaii Professor Emeritus George Kent wrote in a 2009 article headlined “The Benefits of World Hunger.” The UN Chronicle issued this July 6 statement in an attempt to cover up the story: “The UN Chronicle published this article 14 years ago. It was intended to be a satire, and not meant for literal interpretation.. We have been made aware of its failures, even as satire, and have removed it from our site.” [Emphasis added]. 

Kent directly debunked the UN’s claim in an email to MRC Business: “This was never meant to be satire.. It was not my intention to praise hunger. I was mainly pointing out that there are some people who benefit from hunger around the globe. That helps to explain why hunger is so persistent in many places.” [Emphasis added]. 

Marc Morano (Climate Depot founder) republished the original 2009 article online. sharing the storyFollow him on Twitter. “The UN Chronicle essay said the quiet part out loud, that the wealthy elites desire to keep the masses hungry and in check,” Morano said in exclusive comments to MRC Business.

Morano also tore apart the UN Chronicle’s tweet, telling MRC Business: “The UN’s attempt to spin the article as satire is absurd and is nothing more than covering their behinds when they faced huge outcry over the article.”

Kent seems to have defended certain aspects about world hunger in the controversial essay. In an interview, Kent told MRC Business that he did not intend for his article to appear that way. Instead, he stated that he was trying to show that some rich people around the globe benefit from the cheap labor that results from hunger. Kent currently serves as the Deputy Editor at World Nutrition. He has been involved in long-term research on agriculture.

“Hungry people are the most productive people, especially where there is a need for manual labour,” he wrote. “If there were no hunger in the world, who would plow the fields? What would you do with your vegetables? Who would help in the manufacturing plants? What would be the responsibility for cleaning our bathrooms? We would have to produce our own food and clean our own toilets.”

He concluded: “People at the high end are not rushing to solve the hunger problem. For many of us, hunger is not a problem, but an asset.”

Kent’s article remained on the UN’s website for 14 years before the UN removed it after receiving backlash on Twitter. Commentator Mike Cernovich tweeted, “A page entitled “United Nations” was removed from the UN’s website. – World hunger: The benefits[.] Fact-checkers will tell you that the page has never been created.”

The UN Chronicle did not respond to a request for comment from MRC Business, and a search for the article on the UN’s website returns a “404” error message.

Conservatives are being attacked. Get in touch with the UN Chronicle via its official Facebook page and demand it explain why it quietly scrubbed the controversial article on hunger from its website and quickly made excuses that the original op-ed was nothing more than “satire.”

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