The book Cambodia (A Shattered Society) notes that under the Khmer Rouge regime, there were “mobile brigades” of youth, and adults, who worked exhaustively each day in the fields of agriculture, industry and fishing. What’s more, they were rationed merely small portions of rice, a small amount of vegetables, and very occasionally some “fish paste.” It was a diet almost totally devoid of protein. While the Kmer Rouge regime is no longer in power, significant parts of the country are still not faring much better when it comes to, say, nutrition. In our cross country travels, we met a Maryknoll priest in Vermont who is stationed in Cambodia. (He was back in the states visiting family.) This priest said he is surrounded by malnutrition and starvation in Cambodia. What’s more, he noted that a majority (66%) of Americans are now overweight. He then drew a corollary. He said on “9/11” America lost 3,000 people in the tragedy. However, he continued, 24,000 people silently starve to death in the world, every day. With many Americans over-consuming nutritious food, and also wasting billions of dollars on non-nutritional junk food and beverage in addition. In God’s eyes, the priest lamented, many Americans are nothing short of: “food terrorists.” Note: Our foreign affairs position paper addresses some of this.