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European Commission proposal on biofuels shortchanges the poor and the climate 17.10.2012 Oxfam International RSS main feed
Today’s proposal by the European Commission to cap support for biofuels made from food crops at 5% of the demand for energy in transport sends a welcome but long overdue message to markets that all out European support for putting food into fuel tanks is something of the past. However, the suggested changes to the current EU legislation fall far short of what is needed to address the flaws of a policy that is fuelling hunger and land grabs around the world and creating a market for supposedly green fuels, which are in reality more polluting than fossil fuels. “The proposed cap is higher than the current level of consumption of first generation biofuels in Europe. With close to 900 million people suffering hunger in the world what is needed is a rapid phase out of these biofuels .” said Marc Olivier Herman, Oxfam’s EU biofuels expert. “Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the displacement of agriculture on to forested land and carbon sinks remain unaccounted for. This means the EU will ...
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Israel counted food needs in Gaza blockade 17.10.2012 Seattle Times: Nation & World
The Israeli military calculated the number of calories Gaza's residents would need to consume to avoid malnutrition during a sweeping blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory between 2007 and mid-2010, according to a document the Defense Ministry released under a court order.
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One in eight people suffer from malnutrition 17.10.2012 Environmental News Network
In a world where technology has advanced to a point where I can instantly have a face-to-face conversation via online video with a friend in Tokyo, nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, still suffer from malnutrition, according to a new UN report. While worldwide hunger declined from 1990 to 2007, progress was slowed by the global economic crisis. Over the last few years, numerous and record-breaking extreme weather events have also taken tolls on food production. Currently, food prices hover just below crisis levels.
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Occupy protesters aim to disrupt World Food Prize events drawing UN leader, other dignitaries 17.10.2012 Star Tribune: Nation
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Hunting group to feed homeless with deer-meat tacos 17.10.2012 Philly.com News
MORE THAN 100 pounds of deer meat will be turned into venison tacos on Thursday for hundreds of people battling hunger at Saint John's Hospice in Center City.
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World Food Prize activities attract Occupy protest 17.10.2012 Seattle Times: Nation & World
It's difficult to argue with the goals of the World Food Prize Foundation - to recognize people who have helped improve the quality and availability of food to reduce world hunger.
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World Food Prize activities attract Occupy protest 17.10.2012 Twincities.com: Nation
DES MOINES, Iowa—It's difficult to argue with the goals of the World Food Prize Foundation—to recognize people who have helped improve
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World Food Prize activities attract Occupy protest 17.10.2012 AP Business
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- It's difficult to argue with the goals of the World Food Prize Foundation - to recognize people who have helped improve the quality and availability of food to reduce world hunger....
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Andrew Sharpless: World Food Day - Let's Talk About the Oceans 17.10.2012 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With nine billion people projected to live on earth by 2050, we need everything on the table, including a healthy ocean full of fish.
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Hunting group to feed homeless with deer meat tacos 17.10.2012 Philly.com News
More than a hundred pounds of deer meat will be turned into venison tacos for hundreds of people battling hunger Thursday at Saint John's Hospice in Center City.
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UN: Agricultural Cooperatives Key to Eliminating Hunger 16.10.2012 CommonDreams.org Headlines

Nearly 1 in 7 people worldwide suffers from undernourishment as the United Nations and Oxfam America mark the 33rd World Food Day today, hoping to raise awareness of global poverty and hunger.

Nine hundred million people are hungry, even though the means to eliminate that hunger exist.

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Forthcoming World Resources Report Will Focus on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture 16.10.2012 WRI Stories
Today is World Food Day , a chance for people all over the world to focus on approaches to end global hunger. Celebrated each year to commemorate the founding of the… ...
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World food day: Mali hunger crisis 16.10.2012 CNN: Top Stories
This year Mali has struggled to cope with a prolonged drought and food crisis that is affecting large areas of the Sahel region of West Africa -- a crisis made worse by a spreading internal conflict.
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Ministerial meeting on food price volatility - Oxfam reaction 16.10.2012 Oxfam International RSS main feed
A ministerial meeting on volatile food prices has taken place today in Rome, alongside the annual meeting of the UN Committee on World Food Security . The meeting follows the cancellation of a Rapid Response Forum with G20 agriculture ministers - announced on 17 September by French president François Hollande and Fao Director-General – and ruled out by the US on 1st October. Thierry Kesteloot, Oxfam’s GROW campaign advisor, said: “The meeting is a last-ditch effort to encourage the international community to address the critical issue of volatile food prices. The daunting truth is that G20 countries have failed to call a Rapid Response Forum meeting or to calm markets shaken by extreme weather events. “Governments must break the stalemate and act quickly to address the root causes and devastating impacts of food price volatility. They must stop biofuels mandates, boost food reserves and invest in sustainable and resilient small holder agriculture. “Ministers meeting at the Committee on ...
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All Together Now: World Food Day 2012 16.10.2012 Commondreams.org Views
Jezra Thompson

One in seven people around the world will feel hunger today. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) brings global awareness to this issue every year on October 16th, and have done so since 1981. Today, there are more than 100 countries that will celebrate World Food Day.

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Should Africa be growing more wheat? 16.10.2012 Seattle Times: Top stories
The U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization is marking World Food Day on Tuesday, a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of global food security.
Food Crisis Summit: Governments Should Scrap Biofuels, Not Push GM Crop 16.10.2012 Commondreams.org Newswire

As Governments gather in Rome today, World Food Day, to discuss the global food price crisis, Friends of the Earth International warns in a new report [1] that agriculture donors such as the United States and United Kingdom are pumping money into genetically modified (GM) crops at the cost of farming methods better suited to tackling hunger.

Since the advent of the food price crisis in 2008, some Governments have championed the ‘sustainable intensification’ of farming as a new way to increase yields without harming the environment.

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On World Food Day, Supporting Agricultural Cooperatives in the Fight Against Hunger and Poverty 15.10.2012 Worldwatch Institute
Washington, D.C. —Some one billion people belong to cooperatives in nearly 100 countries worldwide guarding consumers, producers, and workers against hunger, bankruptcy, and rights abuses. Agricultural cooperatives help farmers access and share information, get fair prices for their goods, and participate in local decision making. This October 16, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will celebrate "agricultural cooperatives: key to feeding the world" for World Food Day. Agricultural cooperatives are part of a larger movement to make food more environmentally and socially just and sustainable. Agroecological practices enrich soils, improve yields, increase incomes, and support the people, animals, plants, and entire ecosystems affected by agriculture. An infographic released recently by the Christensen Fund highlights how industrial agricultural practices—including raising meat in factory farms, adding pesticides and chemical fertilizers to fields, and ...
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On the Radio: The Mekong, Food Security, and Hydropower 13.10.2012 International Rivers Sitewide RSS Feed
Friday, October 12, 2012 Listen to the radio broadcast here. This week Free Speech Radio News reported on a four-year study recently released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The study concludes that hydropower projects and water pollution pose significant threats to biodiversity and food security in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. The study was conducted by over 70 scientists and identifies hundreds of animal species that face extinction. The areas in the Lower Mekong Basin threated by the proposed Xayaburi Hydropower Project are highlighted in the report, and in the FSRN story. In ...
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CFS meeting must face up to high food prices and end the inaction on hunger 12.10.2012 Press releases
With abnormally high food prices and slowing efforts to tackle global hunger, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) must now energize governments to begin fixing the broken global food system, at its annual meeting in Rome from Oct 15 – 20. With abnormally high food prices and slowing efforts to tackle global hunger, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) must now energize governments to begin fixing the broken global food With the number of hungry people more than the populations of the US, EU and Canada combined, poor people cannot afford for governments to squander another chance to fix the broken food system Luca Chinotti Oxfam Food Security Policy Advisor Notes to Editors To read all of Oxfam’s recommendations for the CFS annual meeting, and further analysis of current food prices and hunger levels, read Oxfam’s media advisory ‘ Summer of high food prices and hot air: CFS meeting crucial in fighting hunger ’ (pdf, 399kb). ...
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