Talk:Food Crisis

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A new food production is in the pipeline that uses a technology to commercially produce protein, oil and bran that can be used for food, alongside the ethanol it makes from corn.

Renewable fuels company ICM joined hands with LifeLine Foods, a corn processing company based in St Joseph, Missouri, USA, to develop and test this proprietary technology - known as dry fractionation - and is now inviting fuel companies that want to enter the food industry to invest in it.

According to ICM, equipment can be installed by the end of this year to commercially produce both food and fuel in two years time.

[edit] Tapping PCs to solve crisis

IBM is trying to help solve the food crisis in the way it knows best. Its researchers are tapping one million PCs let out by volunteers scattered around the world to work out complex genetic calculations which would help develop more nutritious, robust strains of rice within the next one to two years. These calculations would have taken 200 years if left to school computers.

Called Nutritious Rice for the World, the project was launched by the World Community Grid, to measure the structure of proteins of major strains of rice. This will help farmers develop better rice strains with higher crop yields, promote greater disease and pest resistance, and utilize a full range of bioavailable nutrients that can benefit those people in regions where hunger is a critical concern.

The scheme involves volunteers to provide their computers when they are idle. They are required to download a software and leave their machines on when not in use. A central server ensures that the networking software works continuously until the computation is complete. On completion the PC sends back the results and takes up a new assignment.

[edit] Rate of increase in global food prices

According to the World bank, global food prices have increased by 83 percent in the last 3 years. I have deleted the line about a 75 percent increase since 2000. what is the source of this figure?

[edit] Caused by complacency

Another reasopn for the food crisis is the complacency among the developed world. For years, ample food stocks, a well-supplied export trade and rapidly rising agricultural productivity have confined food fears, in the west at least, to history and the memories of older generations.

It has proved a costly complacency; the scale of which we are only just beginning to realise. How easy it is to forget the European famines of the war years, the end of British food rationing in 1953, and the US food shortages of the 1930s.