"Extreme hunger displaces all other emotion or thought.
Human beings become focused more and more exclusively
on food and on doing anything necessary to obtain food:
the reduction of human beings to simply biological beings.
Anything other than food, than translating resources into energy
to keep the body alive, is put aside.
Considerations of future are put aside.
The value of food is solely its energy content."
Alex de Waal – Mass starvation – The history and future of famine