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Expect to hear a lot about food security in 2010—there are lean times ahead. Perhaps some hot buttered rum will help

By Alex Renton   January 2010

The coming crisis in food

“Food insecurity,” a development academic said recently, “is the new Aids.” It’s a hideous formulation, but we will hear an awful lot about hunger and the prospect of there being less food to go round as this century progresses. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO), in 2009 the number of undernourished people on the planet topped 1bn for the first time.

After the disappointments of Copenhagen, climate change campaigners can rally around the issue of food. September’s summit on the UN millennium development goals will be one arena. A documentary on the…

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