According to a new calculation, a person needs an average of six tons of food, fuel, clothing and other things every year to avoid living in poverty. In rich countries, however, consumption is much higher.
How much do people need to live a decent life? This is difficult to answer and probably very subjective. Now, for the first time, a group of researchers has estimated what is quantitatively needed to save a person from abject poverty. The answer: about six tons of food, fuel, clothing and other goods per year. The the team reports in the specialist journal Environmental Science & Technology.