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UN panel stresses urgency in agricultural development

Without immediate action and a global shift in priorities, the world will not be able to feed its growing population in the coming decades, according to a new report from a United Nations panel. The UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability released its report, titled “Resilient people, resilient planet,” this week.

The report’s authors note that the world’s population is likely to grow to nearly 9 billion by 2040 from 7 billion now. Also, the number of middle-class consumers will increase by 3 billion over the next 20 years, creating rapid growth in global food demand. By 2030 the world will need at least 50 percent more food, 45 percent more energy and 30 percent more water, according to the report.

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  • Gene W W

    I’m confused …Then why did the UN bombed Libya’s nearly completed a 30 year, self funded $25 Billion “Great Man Made River” project? This 2000 mile, 12 meter diameter aquifer pipeline project was to provide pure water to towns and irrigate the ‘fertile crescent’ by 2014 to be the new bread basket supply to Africa and Europe. Could it be that Libya had a Positive trade balance [primarily from oil] with nearly no debt and they refused investments (loans) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and One World Bank (OWB). Maybe it was their independence from and had disdain for the one world governors! Research the Bilderberg, Council of Foreign Relations, and Trilateral Commission that built and runs the UN and its IMF and World Bank

    • MontanaMEL

      Dear God…..From your lips to God’s ears!

      Finally….I can see some light at the end of this tunnel…SOMEONE FINALLY GETS IT!

      However…perhaps…this report can serve some purpose besides hanging on the nail in the 2-holer out back… Under our screwed up system, a la EPA and other GOVT agencies, we seem to be more worried about some “Nwet” or “twerp” or some other thing that slithers or hops across our lands…AND, we are surely over board when it comes to CORN and green energy! (Does anyone out here know, or care, that to grow corn you have to “strip the Nitrigen” out of your soil…??… it has to come from someplace to go back in there for the next crop too!…). Just look at the central valley of California, eh?… (Maybe something can be discovered in Los Angeles county, eh?..shut off that water flow and over HALF of our Illegal Mexican problem will be solved!)..

      A COMMIE’ is a commie’, no matter how you dress him…

      Everyone…please read : The Creature from Jekyll Island … Think about it!

  • Lowell T.

    The United States need to stop being the sugar daddy for the UN. Their agenda is one world government and are well on their way. Unfortunately at this time we the people just don’t see enough danger to demand we drop out.

    • Bernadine Johnson

      Un wants a one world government yes. America used to have
      the best constitutional laws for a government. America has the
      means and the Knowledge to Produce FOOD. but now we Have
      a dictator in cheif, epa and DOJ. that is part of the ONE WORLD
      GOVERNMENT. The food grown in America used to be safe to eat.
      there is no regulations on the food other countrys raise. their food’s
      are not safe to eat. have the other countrys have the ability to raise the
      food that America has the means to Raise with out the EPA”S
      interferance due to false global warming and Green ENERGY .

  • Mary Oele

    If this is so serious a problem, why doesn’t the UN concentrate it’s efforts where there is a problem instead of focusing on getting it’s fingers into areas where it doesn’t belong, such as Agenda 21 and rural “sustainability”? It needs to mind it’s own business. This whole thing is about control more than anything else.

  • Don39

    I think we heard this all before! Oh, but we really mean it this time! Sure you do! see that rolling doughnut?

  • Candyman238

    I live in the fertile San Joaquin Valley in California. This valley is known as the food belt of the world with agriculture markets in the hundreds of billions of dollars per year.
    This season, farmers are laying off 2/3 of the seasonal farm workers before the crops are even planted. The reason is not lack of water, extreme weather conditions like flooding, or a loss of land due to development. There’s not a lack of seed or fertilizer either.
    In fact, farmers in the southern San Joaquin Valley have not planted on 30% of the available farm land in the last three years, 10% less planting each of the last three years. The land sits prepared for planting.
    Both the Agriculture Department and the farmers are no making any statements, nor giving any reasons for their actions, or in-actions.
    Speculation tends to point to farmers not planting, thereby forcing increased produce prices due to supply and demand. Combine this with the sad fact that nearly half of fresh produce grown in California goes to waste before it gets into the hands of the consumer, and it’s easy to understand the need for agriculture development.
    Do we need the United Nations to poke their noses into this problem? Absolutely not.
    However, it would help matters if the Fed would stop paying farmers for not planting crops.