Food for Thought
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Former MWW staffer Sara Rossi returns with more jottings from the World Affairs Council Conference, held March 11-12 in San Francisco.
One topic that was a central focus at the World Affairs Conference was food. The issues addressed ranged from world hunger, the global food crisis, and agricultural sustainability to the local food movement, obesity, and rising health care costs associated with nutrition-related diseases. Today, I’ll focus on the first half of these issues in the global context.
Did you know that one billion people in the world suffer from malnutrition? Or that only 8% of malnutrition is due to war and natural disaster, while 92% is due to chronic poverty?
Did you know that in 2008 more food was produced than ever before–enough to feed 11 billion people–but that more people went hungry in 2008 than ever before?
As dire as these statistics may sound, there are promising initiatives striving to decrease suffering and create global food equity.