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Global Starvation Numbers Grow

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An article in Feedstuffs Foodlink’s e-newsletter says the number of hungry people has risen to 963 million people. According to the article, “Another 40 million people have been pushed into hunger this year primarily due to higher food prices, according to preliminary estimates by Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).

This brings the overall number of undernourished people in the world to 963 million, compared to 923 million in 2007. The ongoing financial and economic crisis could tip even more people into hunger and poverty, FAO warned. Another 40 million people have been pushed into hunger this year primarily due to higher food prices, according to preliminary estimates by Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).

This brings the overall number of undernourished people in the world to 963 million, compared to 923 million in 2007. The ongoing financial and economic crisis could tip even more people into hunger and poverty, FAO warned.

"For millions of people in developing countries, eating the minimum amount of food every day to live an active and healthy life is a distant dream. The structural problems of hunger, like the lack of access to land, credit and employment, combined with high food prices remain a dire reality," said FAO Assistant Director-General Hafez Ghanem.

"If lower prices and the credit crunch associated with the economic crisis force farmers to plant less food, another round of dramatic food prices could be unleashed next year," Ghanem added.

The vast majority of the world's undernourished people - 907 million - live in developing countries. Of these, 65% live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.”

As farmers and ranchers, we dedicated our entire lives to feeding the world, and that’s why articles like this hit so close to my heart. It breaks my heart to know that the number of people that go hungry every night, around the world, has reached nearly 1 billion people! It’s a profound number that needs to change. This holiday season, I hope you can find it in your heart to give a little extra to what you already do everyday—feed the world. The world will thank you back!

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