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Ending World Hunger: Sources of Protein

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What most people do not understand about world hunger is that most hungry persons have some food. A famine occurs when a population does not have enough food to survive. Hunger is chronic undernourishment, which includes populations with enough food … Continue reading

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The Single Most Important Crop for Ending World Hunger

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Most of the hungry in the world (92%) have enough food for survival, but not enough food for good health. They have some type of staple crop, such as rice, corn, or another grain, or a root vegetable (yam, cassava, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis speaks against world hunger

The Pope said: “Statistics on waste are very concerning: a third of food products end up under this heading,” the Pope told members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in a June 11 audience. “It … Continue reading

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Dietary Cholesterol and Cancer

A 2001 study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (Mayne et al.) found a statistically significant increase in risk of cancer of the esophagus and stomach with high intake of dietary cholesterol (75th percentile compared to 25th percentile). Adjusted … Continue reading

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Agriculture with Desalinized Water: Cost Estimate (revised)

How much would it cost to grow a crop using desalinized ocean water? This post is a rough (back of the envelope) calculation. According to the FAO document Crop Water Needs, a wide range of crops can be grown on … Continue reading

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Fuel Ethanol makes World Hunger worse

A serious problem is found in the diversion of agricultural resources to grow corn for ethanol. Over the last 5 years (2008 to 2012 inclusive), the U.S. has used an average of 4.566 billion bushels of corn per year to … Continue reading

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Which Crops would be most effective in Ending World Hunger?

PART ONE According to the World Food Programme, only about 8% of undernourished persons in the world are in a state of famine (not enough food to survive), and the other 92% are in a state of chronic hunger (enough … Continue reading