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Biofuels and Food Security A Balancing Act

January 27, 2011
Daniel Gustafson

The needs of a hungry world may be met by keeping food security, energy production and natural resource use in balance, Daniel Gustafson, of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), shared with Top Producer Seminar attendees.


According to the Food and Agriculture Organization poverty and hunger are linked both ways. Malnourished people don’t get ahead because they don’t do as well at work or in school because they are weak and famished.


Gustafson says, "They are hungry because they are poor, but they are also poor because they are hungry."


Food production is a key player in relieving world hunger although many areas with malnourished and poor people are areas of high agriculture production. In fact according to the FAO 72% of starving people live in middle income countries like Brazil and India.


"Countries that are success stories in agriculture production still have a very high number of malnourished and poverty level people," Gustafson says.


Most poor people don’t live in cities or towns as might be assumed.


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