Thursday, June 5, 2008

Everyone needs food!

This blurb was in this week's IFT newsletter. I wonder how re-allocation of food could affect the need...I know I waste more food than I intend to. Many people in developed nations have more of a problem of choosing what to eat rather than having to worry about having anything to eat.

"United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, in an address at the World Food Summit, being held in Rome June 3-5, said that world food production must rise by 50% to meet the increasing demand. Ki-moon said that increasing hunger and civil unrest is being caused by food-price increases.

Ki-moon told the attendees that nations must minimize export restrictions and import tariffs during the food price crisis and quickly resolve world trade talks.

"The world needs to produce more food," Mr. Ban said. "Food production needs to rise by 50% by the year 2030 to meet rising demand."

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization is hosting the three-day summit to try to solve the short-term emergency of increased hunger caused by soaring prices and to help poor countries grow enough food to feed their own."