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Call for action to avoid looming food crisis
Nov. 19, 2010 - The International Food Policy Research Institute has released a study called "Reflections on
the Global Food Crisis." It is an analysis of the causes of the food crisis of 2007-2008. Factors in that "perfect
storm" of events included skyrocketing oil prices, use of corn (maize) for biofuels, a weaker dollar, export
restrictions, and unfavorable weather.
- Derek Headey, IFPRI research fellow and report co-author, said that many of the factors that caused the 2008 crisis
also caused the 1974 commodity crisis "and some of these factors are again playing out in 2010."
- Source: AFP
- Reflections on the Global Food Crisis - IFPR
Hunger index shows one billion without enough food
Oct. 11, 2010 - After a couple of years of reduced hunger, the 2010 Global Hunger Index reports that more
than one billion people in the world are now undernourished, and almost half of these are children.
- Countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia were shown to have the highest levels of hunger.
- Source: BBC
From one year ago:
- Global hunger worsening, warns UN - BBC
Buzz kill! Is this 'bee Armageddon'?
Apr. 25, 2010 - One third of the nations bees are disappearing and experts don't really know why. If this trend continues, there will be a disasterous effect on our food supply.
- According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a full one-third of the human diet depends on honeybee pollination of crops – especially fruit, nut, vegetable and seed production in the United States.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Global crisis 'to strike by 2030'
Mar. 19, 2009 - Prof John Beddington, the UK government chief scientist, warns that the growing world population will cause a "perfect storm" of food, energy and water shortages by 2030.
Between 30% and 40% of all current crops are lost due to pest and disease before they are harvested.Special effort must be made to produce more disease-resistant crops, and to develop better harvesting procedures.
- Demand for food and energy will jump 50% by 2030 and for fresh water by 30%, as the population tops 8.3 billion, he told a conference in London.
- Source: BBC
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