Though burgers by the billions have been served up beneath the Golden Arches, not everyone can just drive through. Famine in North Korea this year has killed hundreds of thousands of people. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, food shortages and politics of hunger.
Andrew Natsios is Vice Preseident of World Vision, an international relief organization that's been working in North Korea. He tells Jim Fleming that while the famine there is over for now, it is likely to recur and that the situation is not helped by the secretive attitude of the North Korean government. Also, Jasper Becker tells Judith Strasser about the worst famine in history -- the thirty million Chinese who died as a result of Mao's agricultural experiments during the Great Leap Forward. Jasper Becker is Beijing bureau chief for the South China Morning Post and the author of "Hungry Ghosts: Mao's Secret Famine."SEGMENT 2:
Norman Borlaug is a plant geneticist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate known as the Father of the Green Revolution. He tells Steve Paulson why he came out of retirement to introduce his methods to African agriculture. Borlaug teaches at Texas A&M and works at the International Maize and Wheat Center in Mexico.SEGMENT 3:
Robert Egger is the founder and director of Washington, D.C.'s Central Kitchen - a soup kitchen that recycles excess food from hotels, colleges and government cafeterias into meals for the homeless, and trains ts clients in food preparation so they can go on to restaurant careers. Egger and Yolanda Way, a graduate of the kitchen-arts program, tell Judith Strasser about the program and how it works.
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