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Archive for SEPTEMBER, 2010

President Obama’s Remarks at the Millennium Development Goals Summit

SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

On, Wednesday, September 22nd President Obama addressed members of the United Nations at the Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York City. He began his remarks reflecting on the goals and standards set by the United Nations over the past decade, and discussed the changing the approach to development, applying the lessons of the Green Revolution, improving crop yields, and the importance of investing in infrastructure and removing trade barriers.

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Sensible Approach Key to Feeding the Hungry Millions

SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

Celebrity chefs and restaurant owners, authors, advocates, “Locavores” and groceries have significantly raised the profile of making food sustainable. “In other words,” writes Robert Paalberg, “organic, local and slow” (“Attention Whole Foods Shoppers,” Foreign Policy, May/June 2010).

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Hormats Addresses Importance of Investment in the Global Economy

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010

On September 6, Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs Richard D. Hormats addressed the World Investment Forum in Xiamen, China on how investment has shaped the global economic landscape.

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FAO Reports Worldwide Hunger Levels Improved, Yet Still Staggering

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

On September 14, in Rome, Italy, the United National Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that, although reduced by 98 million in 2009, 925 million are still suffering from chronic hunger worldwide.

“With a child dying every six seconds because of undernourishment related problems, hunger remains the world’s largest tragedy and scandal,” said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf. “This is absolutely unacceptable.”

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“Math Lessons for Locavores”

SEPTEMBER 12, 2010

It is logical to think that locally-grown food has less of an environmental impact than food that is grown and shipped across the country or abroad. But New York Times op-ed contributor Stephen Budiansky paints an interesting picture of the reality behind the energy and land use of agriculture (“Math Lessons for Locavores,” New York Times, August 19, 2010).

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