Monday, December 10, 2007

Free Rice

Addictive website that donates rice as you play their word game. For every question you get right it donates 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Programmes, five questions gets you 100 grains of rice. Currently the amount of rice donated is 7,536,669,470 grains, over seven billion, not sure how much that amounts to physically but you can keep a check of the totals here.

The rice is paid for by the advertisers who appear at the bottom of the screen. Apparently if you see an advert x-many of times it will have a profound effect on you, you may (or will) actually go out and buy their products. I don't think it works on me though but I do seem to be addicted to google -_-

Despite the advertisers, it is actually a good way to enhance your vocabulary, it has a maximum of 50 levels of which I have mastered half.

Here's the link: FreeRice

On a little side note: "The United Nations estimates that the cost to end world hunger completely, along with diseases related to hunger and poverty, is about $195 billion a year. Twenty-two countries have joined together to raise this money by each contributing 0.7% (less than 1%) of national income". Sweden has pledged the highest with 1.03% of its income and the United States, the richest country in the world, with 0.17% - second lowest next to Greece with 0.16%. Click here to see the full list. The Scandinavian countries seem to the most generous when it comes to international aid and they have already reached their goal! As well intended aid is, I have yet to see a system that actually works or would work. International aid is no good for self-development of these countries when it does not come from within? The way I see it, if you can't see the problems within yourself the outside help becomes futile, or rather it fails to reap long-term benefits.

1 comment:

fug said...

yeah, and the world food programme is going to make all our food production systems more syncronous and innovative and nutritious... by making webbers feel a little cleverer and dumping cups of rice on the decolonising world.

clearly the right way of going about resolving the problems.

yknow, i do think the oxfam self promotion ads this xmas are so much more tasteful.