Ben Meyler | Writer
November 4, 2021
Last week, the director of the United Nations World Food Programme stated that by donating a fraction of their wealth, top billionaires could end the ongoing battle of world hunger and decrease the affects of food insecurity on millions of people.
The World Food Programme (WFP) serves as the food-assistance branch of the United Nations, primarily focusing on world hunger and food security, and it is the world’s largest humanitarian organization. Since the WFP’s founding in 1961, the US has raised 3.6 billion dollars in donations to the program.
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk—the wealthiest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of $151 billion—claimed he would contribute a generous amount of money to solve the world hunger crises, but only under certain conditions; Musk would only agree to contribute his money if he and the public could see for themselves where every dollar goes.
Musk put up an offer of six billion dollars—enough to significantly decrease world hunger—though he voiced doubts about it, noting the sheer extent of his donation, which surpassed any prior endowment in the Tesla founder’s name.
Musk wrote on Twitter last Sunday, “If WFP (World Food Programme) can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it… But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent.”
David Beasley, the director of WFP, expressed his eagerness to illustrate the plan and provide answers to “any and everything that [Musk] would ask.”
“Anyone who keeps up with Elon Musk’s antics knows that this is most likely another one of his games, but if by any chance he did pull through with this, it would be huge,” senior Liam Smith said.
In a separate tweet, Musk shared a link to a 2015 report proclaiming that UN (Union Nations) peacekeepers were sexually abusing children in the Central African Republic in 2014, adding the caption “What happened here?” This tweet has raised questions of Musk’s seriousness about his offer, hinting to truer intentions of ridiculing the United Nations and their off-handed request.
“I believe that Elon Musk is trying to criticize the UN by asking them to use ‘open source accounting’ to see where his money would actually be spent, implying that the UN is irresponsible and not transparent enough with how they supposedly help the world. He is teasing the globalist elite by pressuring them to be transparent with their ‘humanitarianism’,” senior Owen Geer said. “He is in a way saying that they are incompetent at providing for the hungry.”
These frolics played by Elon Musk have the world upset. For Musk, six billion is only a small fraction of his overall wealth (he has a net worth of over $300 billion), but that fraction could make a monumental difference if put to humanitarian use, ultimately benefiting millions of humans all around the world.