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Food security and nutrition

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Food security

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" Progress towards the goal of universal food security is impeded by the absence of well-functioning marketing, processing and distribution systems." World Food Summit 1996

Hunger

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"The fact that more than 800 million people in the world remain chronically hungry in spite of the success of farmers in generating enough food to meet everyone's needs, implies that there are serious imperfections in the way we are handling our responsibilities and exercising our stewardship of...

Chronically undernourished people

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"The number of people who are chronically undernourished decreased by 100 million in 37 countries, but it increased by almost 60 million in the rest of the developing world."

Underweight children

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"In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of underweight children increased from 29 billion to 37 million between 1990 and 2003."

Food excess and need

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"Up to one-fifth of America's food goes to waste each year, with an estimated 130 pounds of food per person ending up in landfills. The annual value of this lost food is estimated at around $31billion. But the real story is that roughly 49 million people could have been fed by those lost resources."

Hunger

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"About 24,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger-related causes."

Food wasted compared to food needed

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Every year more than 350 billion pounds (160 billion kg) of edible food is available for human consumption in the United States. Of that total, nearly 100 billion pounds (45 billion kg) --including fresh vegetables, fruits, milk, and grain products -- are lost to waste by retailers, restaurants,...

Americans waste almost 25% of all the food produced in the U.S each year

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“According to the USDA, Americans waste almost 25% of all the food produced in the U.S each year.”

Hunger

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"According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2004 statistics, more than 30 percent of the population is hungry in more than 70 developing countries. Of the total number of undernourished, 519 million live in Asia and the Pacific."

World's food supply enough for all

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"Abundance, not scarcity, best describes the world's food supply. Enough wheat, rice and other grains are produced to provide every human being with 3,500 calories a day."