“It takes a VILLAGE to raise a child.”
And … maybe ONE day that CHILD will find a way to share the world’s food EQUALLY!
~The Battalion Hawk Bloggers
We just read a PHENOMENAL book … actually … we couldn’t QUITE get past page 16 before we felt we needed to take ACTION! It’s called “If the World Were a Village” and it’s written by David J. Smith. If you haven’t read it we URGE you to go out RIGHT now and pick it up!
The book basically takes the 7 BILLION people living on our beautiful planet and changes the ratios to reflect a world living in a small village with 100 inhabitants so that the NUMBERS are EASIER for us to understand!
We were SHOCKED to discover that in a small village of 100 people there would be enough food for EVERYONE … but … HALF of those people do not have a “reliable source of food” and are often hungry. 16 of those people are severely undernourished and starving … and only 34 of those people ALWAYS have enough to eat. But … there is ENOUGH food for EVERYONE.
“If the world were a village of 100 people this would probably be the amount of animals there would be in the village:
- 31 sheep and goats
- 23 ox, bulls and cows
- 3 camels
- 2 horses
- 15 pigs
- 250 chickens
Most of those animals are useful for different things like for plowing the land. But, still, I think that we should share with the people who aren’t that wealthy. Maybe when they go to buy food people could buy some extra things that they could give to charity, or a next door neighbour. Maybe when I grow up I will be a chef and give my food to places that need it.” ~Chris
“If the world were a village, would you think that EVERYBODY would have enough food to eat? Guess what? They would. But, some would be STARVING to death and some would ALWAYS have enough to eat. In this 100 person village the food they have are 31 sheep and goats, 23 cows, bulls and oxen, 15 pigs, 3 camels, 2 horses and 250 CHICKENS! We would guess that they would have more than one chicken a day. If the person did not have the animal that they needed, and they knew a person that had that animal, they could share because sharing is good. Where we dug up this information was from a book called “If the World Were a Village”. The author’s name is David J. Smith. David shrank the amount of people to 100 instead of 7 billion. The reason that people are starving is because some people are greedy, which is never good.” ~Jayden & Lauren
“31 goats and sheep, 23 cows, bulls and oxen, 15 pigs, 3 camels, 2 horses and 250 chickens. That’s a LOT of food, but that’s not even a quarter of the food on earth. However, more than half of the world doesn’t have enough food right now as you are reading this very word. There is enough food for everyone to live a well-fed life. I wouldn’t mind killing a few chickens for food. There are at LEAST 14 billion chickens on earth. And, I don’t LIKE chickens! When I was little I went to a farm and a chicken pecked my hand. I STILL have a scar! Here are some ideas to prevent people from starving: donate food to people in need … and don’t throw out left-overs. Farmers could try to make more food for these people that are VERY hungry by breeding animals that produce food. So, next time you have a meal that people are that are really hungry would dream to have … think how they would feel and how lucky you are.” ~Ben
“For the past couple of days our class has been reading this book called “If the World Were a Village”. When we read it, it blew our MINDS! So it is easier to imagine, let’s say that a village had 100 people, and 31 sheep and goats, 23 cows, oxen and bulls, 15 pigs, 3 camels, 2 horses and 250 chickens. Did you know that in REAL life there are more chickens than PEOPLE? The book told us that a quarter of the people are probably starving right now. So that would mean in the village there would be 34 people that would be hungry and 18 people that would starve most of the time. In the real world there are 7 000 000 000 people. Now THAT’S hard to believe.” ~Tommy
“Do YOU have enough food to eat? You probably do! But, over half the world does NOT, sadly. Even though you may think they don’t have enough to eat because there is not enough food to go around … you’re WRONG! There IS enough food to go around. In fact, there is more than enough food to feed people. It is just that people don’t choose to share it. Some of them even think they’re more important than others. But, everyone is equally important!” ~Ella
“Did you know that there are more chickens in the world than people? Some people in this world don’t have enough to eat. Some people share their food.” ~Zubayda & Cemre
“In our global village there is enough food for everyone. But … it is not shared equally! There are 21 sheep and goats, 23 cows, bulls and oxen, 15 pigs, 3 camels, 2 horses and 250 chickens!!! That’s right … there are MORE chickens than people in this world! One of the ways we can help is you can give some food to other people like we did with the Veteran’s Food Bank. How would YOU make it right?” ~Christopher & Dimitri
“If there were 100 people in a village over 50 people would be hungry. There are 250 chickens, 15 pigs, 3 camels, 31 sheep, 23 cows, bulls and ox. There are 322 animals in the village. There is enough food to go around. Everyone should have 2 chickens. Each and every person should have food! 20 people would have 3 chickens.” ~Danny & Tyler
“If I were to share food by sending it to someone who does not have food, I would make a food plane. Will YOU help? Did you know that there are more chickens in the world than people?!? You can make a difference … anywhere! There are 100 people and 250 chickens in the global village in a book we read. It explains and uses a smaller amount of people so it’s easier to understand, and we get it. The world really has 7 billion people in it. Some of the people always have enough to eat, and some of us are either so hungry or sometimes starving. How can you help?” ~Chelsea & Rayann
“Do you know what the world would be like if it was a village? Well we’ll tell you. If there is 100 people in the village, like the book, how many animals are in the village? Answer: 31 sheep and goats, 23 cows, bulls and oxen, 15 pigs, 3 camels, 2 horses, and 250 chickens. What animals would you like? I would like oxen, sheep, goats and bulls. In the village, 1/3 of the people have enough and the rest don’t have enough to eat. It’s not fair that people get more food than others in the village.” ~Elijah & Amro
We decided to take matters into our OWN hands to make these numbers even MORE manageable within our class of 25. That meant that we had to divide 100 by 4 to get to 25.
And even MORE shocking to discover:
This ALSO meant that we would have to divide the number of ANIMALS in the village of 100 to represent what we would have in a village of 25. Gulp. This was a TON of work!
Although we had to round some of our animal numbers UP to get a FULL animal … we quickly realized that this may not LOOK like such a “big deal” only adding a 1/4 or a 1/2 of an animal … UNTIL we did the MATH:
Thanks to one of our very special Battalion Hawk Bloggers, we entered into a “mini” inquiry. What follows are more reflections on this day long adventure into numbers. sorting, equity and sharing:
“Yesterday we talked about “If the World Were a Village” and all of a sudden SMART Mr. Ben came up with a GREAT idea! It took us HOURS to make it. Today we finally finished it! There are 7 sheep and goats, 5 cows, oxen and bulls, 3/4 of a camel, 1/2 a horse, 62 chickens, and 3 3/4 pigs. Because we can’t make 3/4 chickens, 1/2 a horse and 3 3/4 pigs we turned them into 1 camel, 1 horse and 4 pigs. Mr. Ben said that our class would be a village and we could divide the animals. I learned that there is enough food for everyone. But, some people hog all the food so some people don’t have enough to eat. I found out that 1/3 have enough to eat or more than enough to eat. If there are 100 people there will be 250 chickens!” ~James
“If the World Were a Village” is a book. The book reduces the world’s population of 7 billion people to 100 people on earth. That’s 6 999 999 900 people GONE! Then, from 100, we reduced 100 to 25, the size of our classroom, to make it easier to work with the numbers in our room. There is enough food for everyone in the world but it doesn’t get shared correctly. There are more chickens in the world than humans. In the global village, there are 100 people but there are 250 chickens in the global village! There are more people that are starving than people that are stuffed and have enough to eat and there’s enough to eat for EVERYONE in the global village.” ~AJ
“If there were 100 people in the world more than half of the people would be hungry and less than half of the people would have a lot of food. Today we were sitting on the carpet and we sorted out the 62 chickens, 1 horse, 1 camel, 4 pigs, 3 goats, 1 bull, 2 oxen, 2 cows and 4 sheep. It is not fair that there is enough food to go around for everyone but still some people are starving. The people that have more food than they need should share.” ~Nick & Christopher
“If the people in the village don’t have enough food to live, I would give them food. Some of the people in the village have always enough to eat and some of the people have not enough to eat. If people don’t have enough animals, let’s just say, like if I don’t have enough chickens and the other person has enough … I could put them together and share the eggs that they lay. Another way is to trade an animal for another animal. In our classroom, Ben said we should print out animals on paper and then roll the dice. Whoever gets the bigger number gets to pick their first choice, but if you have the same highest number … you get to roll again to break the tie.” ~Joyce
“Did you ever think about if the world were a village? I don’t get that some people have a TON of food … and they don’t even share!! To tell people what it’s like … we printed off 4 sheep, 3 goats, 2 oxen, 2 cows, 1 bull, 1 camel, 1 horse, 62 chickens and 4 pigs. We sorted them into groups and then rolled the dice. Whoever got the highest number would pick an animal. After everyone got 4 animals, Mrs. Renton passed out the hens. BRRRIIIINNNG! There went the recess bell! After THAT we continued to do “If the World Were a Village”. Mrs. Renton wrote “We ALL have enough to eat!” and “We DON’T have enough to eat!” And, guess what? I didn’t have enough to eat! Then, Mrs. Renton fooled us by saying that everyone had to give THEIR animals to the 7 people who had ENOUGH to eat! You should PLAY this!” ~Rebecca
We KNOW it isn’t as easy as this to make sure that EVERYONE in the world has enough to eat because:
- not everyone would agree on how to handle it – some people might WANT to be rich and have all the food.
- there are oceans that separate the people of our global village … and people have different needs.
- it’s easier for people living together in a village to share their resource and to trade and barter than it is to do this across thousands of miles.
- how can we ALL work together to ensure that the people in our global village have enough to eat?