Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Free rice

This came from one of my regular readers:
Since we've been talking about vocabulary, I thought I'd pass on this website. You play a vocabulary game and for every word you get right, 10 grains of rice are donated for world hunger. It's addictive, but for a good cause. I got up to vocabulary level 45, but then I slipped down. The FAQs say that there are 50 levels, but it's rare for anyone to go above 48.

The funds appear to come from the corporate sponsors of the site, who not only support charity but also encourage us to improve our vocabularies. Of course some economists argue that food aid in the Third World depresses comodity prices thus wiping out local food producers, especially in countries with corrupt governments that divert aid into the market. It isn't always easy to know whether good is being accomplished, even with unexceptional motives.

1 comment:

  1. I got as high as 47 more than once, but kept falling back.


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