Hunger

Cars And People Compete For Grain

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Lester R. Brown

At a time when excessive pressures on the earth’s land and water resources are of growing concern, there is a massive new demand emerging for cropland to produce fuel for cars—one that threatens world food security. Although this situation had been developing for a few decades, it was not until Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when oil prices jumped above $60 a barrel and U.S. gasoline prices climbed to $3 a gallon, that the situation came into focus. Suddenly investments in U.S. ... Read more about Cars And People Compete For Grain

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Salt Killing Crops, Driving Migration In Storm-Hit Southern Bangladesh

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Written by: AlertNet correspondentBangladeshi farmers plant rice in a field at Keraniganj on January 16, 2008. Worsening soil and water salinity is killing crops and driving migration in southern Bangladesh. REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman 

By Syful Islam DHAKA, Bangladesh (AlertNet) - Worsening sea water storm surges and overuse of irrigation have left fields, wells and ponds in parts of southern Bangladesh too salty to grow crops, leading to a growing exodus of farmers from the region. ... Read more about Salt Killing Crops, Driving Migration In Storm-Hit Southern Bangladesh

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Agricultural Apocalypse 2010

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The food business is far and away the most important business in the world. Everything else is a luxury. Food is what you need to sustain life every day. Dwayne Andreas When a large segment of the population is facing a drastic cut in income in the face of escalating food prices we have a catastrophic problem in the making. ... Read more about Agricultural Apocalypse 2010

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Is There Enough Food Out There For Nine Billion People?

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By Bradford Plumer Sometime around 2050, there are going to be nine billion people roaming this planet—two billion more than there are today. It's a safe bet that all those folks will want to eat. And that's... an incredibly daunting prospect. Right now, an estimated one billion people go hungry each day. ... Read more about Is There Enough Food Out There For Nine Billion People?

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U.S. Feeds One Quarter Of Its Grain To Cars While Hunger Is On The Rise

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The 107 million tons of grain that went to U.S. ethanol distilleries in 2009 was enough to feed 330 million people for one year at average world consumption levels. More than a quarter of the total U.S. grain crop was turned into ethanol to fuel cars last year. With 200 ethanol distilleries in the country set up to transform food into fuel, the amount of grain processed has tripled since 2004. ... Read more about U.S. Feeds One Quarter Of Its Grain To Cars While Hunger Is On The Rise

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UN Chief: Hunger Kills 17,000 Kids Daily

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Rome, Italy (CNN) -- Somewhere in the world, a child dies of hunger every five seconds -- even though the planet has more than enough food for all. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laid out this sobering statistic as he kicked off a three-day summit on world food security Monday in Rome. "Today, more than 1 billion people are hungry," he told the assembled leaders. Six million children die of hunger every year -- 17,000 every day, he said. ... Read more about UN Chief: Hunger Kills 17,000 Kids Daily

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Food Production "Must Rise 70%"

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Food production will have to increase by 70% over the next 40 years to feed the world's growing population, the United Nations food agency predicts. The Food and Agricultural Organisation says if more land is not used for food production now, 370 million people could be facing famine by 2050. The world population is expected to increase from the current 6.7 billion to 9.1 billion by mid-century. Climate change, involving floods and droughts, will affect food production. ... Read more about Food Production "Must Rise 70%"

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