According to the United Nations Human Development Report (1998), 20 percent of people in high-income countries account for 86 percent of private consumption while the poorest 20 percent of the world's population consume only 1.3 percent of the pie. In Africa, the average household consumes 20 percent less than it did 25 years ago. Furthermore, two-thirds of the world's population lives on less than two dollars per day.

Sallie McFague, Subverting Greed by Paul Knitter, Chandra, editor Muzaffar, editor