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Biofuel Production, Use Impacting Food Security

“The food security impacts [of using food-based biofuels] are multiple and severe,” Marie Brill, executive director of ActionAid USA, and Timothy Wise, policy research director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, write in an Al Jazeera opinion piece. Using food for biofuel “has a direct impact…

WHO Cancer Agency Classifies Air Pollution As Carcinogen

“The International Agency for Research on Cancer [IARC] declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation,” the Associated Press reports. “The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the [WHO],…

U.N. Agencies, Leaders Stress Importance Of Sustainable Food Systems On World Food Day

“Efficient, well-managed and sustainable food systems are essential to end hunger and malnutrition as well as protect the environment, United Nations officials stressed [Wednesday], marking World Food Day,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The theme of this year’s day, which is celebrated on October 16 in honor of the date…

Opinion Pieces Address World Food Day

October 16 is recognized as World Food Day, with this year’s theme of “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.” The following summarizes several opinion pieces addressing issues surrounding food production, distribution and security. Chris Brett, The Guardian’s “Sustainable Business” blog: “According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture…

IRIN Examines Debate Over FAO’s Data Calculation Methods

IRIN examines the debate over the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) “methods of calculating the number of hungry people in the world in its annual report, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI).” According to the news service, “The 2013 SOFI is an improvement over the 2012…

U.N. Security Council Votes To Continue Haiti Peacekeeping Mission With Reduced Force Level

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday “voted unanimously to extend the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti until mid-October 2014 so it can continue contributing to stability and development in the small Caribbean nation,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The “resolution decided that [the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)]…

Committee On World Food Security Meets In Rome

The Guardian reports on the 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), meeting in Rome this week. “Once a relatively mechanistic, high-level event, today the CFS stands alone among big U.N. meetings for bringing everyone to the table and is often hailed the most inclusive global governance…

Innovation, Partnership Necessary To Bring Vaccines To The Poor

Noting the WHO this week endorsed a new Chinese-produced Japanese encephalitis vaccine, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation writes in the organization’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[T]here’s a powerful story here about the tremendous progress the world is making to save and improve the lives of the…

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