Even so, it is true that very little progress has happened.
At the global level the steadily worsening gap between rich and poor people is far more terrifying than terrorism.
Those who are satisfied with the current system simply call across the dividing line for those on the other side to work even harder.
It does not diminish the pain or the significance of the events of September 11, 2001 in the USA to ask people to focus on the overwhelming and unacceptable fact of death by starvation internationally every day of every year.
In our world, each day 24,000 people die of hunger, and two thirds of them are children under the age of five.
That is truly terrifying; what have we done to examine the causes and direct our energies toward systemic solutions?
Global food supplies are sufficient to meet the calorie requirements of all people if food were distributed according to needs.
Per capita food supplies are projected to increase further over the next twenty years.
Thus the world food problem now and in the foreseeable future is not one of global shortage.
Rather, the world is faced with three main food related challenges:
widespread hunger and malnutrition;
mismanagement of natural resources in food production;
Although some progress has been made during the last twenty years, the future is not bright.