Venezuela Food Poverty

Venezuela is facing a tough time, not only in food shortages but economically. What used to be the richest nation in South America is now struggling to live. Prices of oil have dropped significantly along with other problems that have caused this downfall. Protesters are blaming President Nicolas Maduro for frequent power shortages, water loss, and inflation. They’re calling a referendum to kick him out of office. This recession is reducing employment, making it harder for families and small business to survive. Streets are filled with vendors selling fruit. In a study by linked in, more than 30 million civilians are turning to fruit trees for sources of food. This is affecting people in the capital as well. During lunch breaks they are out looking for fruit. Long lines are forming outside of supermarkets from lack of deliveries for groceries.
According to Fox News, 76 percent are now under the poverty line opposed to two years ago of 52 percent. A few years ago, this country didn’t exist such a harsh poverty that would cause people to dig through trash just to find food. While most are salvaging food, others are trying to gain extra money by reselling old produce. The scary thing says Manuel Gonzalez is, civilians selling these produce aren’t just people who have lost their jobs, but families just trying to get by. This country needs help, and hopefully something arises quickly before this get even worse.