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Feeding the World

The current global population is estimated to total around 7.5 billion. By most measures, the world creates or produces enough food to feed them all. In theory, the world’s food security has never been higher. Nevertheless, it is estimated that around 800 million people – more than 10 percent of the population – are poorly fed or underfed. Their condition ranges from various stages of malnutrition to the verge of starvation. The greatest portion of the malnourished population is in the less developed areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, but a small percentage resides in developed countries around the world, including the U.S.  The percentage of underfed may well be the lowest in recorded history, and yet i...

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