Food prices may go up 30-35%: UN

A top UN agency has warned food prices may increase upto 30-35 pct within next 10 yrs.

Written by Agencies | New York | Published: February 18, 2009 9:33:28 am

A top UN agency has warned food prices may increase upto 30-35 per cent within the next ten years,forcing those living in extreme poverty to spend 90 per cent of their income on it,if major changes are not made in food production and processing system.

A new report,released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP),has noted that changing the ways in which food is produced,handled and disposed of across the globe from farm to store and from fridge to landfill can both feed the world’s rising population and help the environmental services.

“We need a Green Revolution in a Green Economy but one with a capital G,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

“We need to deal with not only the way the world produces food but the way it is distributed,sold and consumed and we need a revolution that can boost yields by working with rather than against nature,” added Steiner.

He noted over half of the food produced today is lost,wasted or discarded as a result of inefficiency in the human-managed food chain.

“There is evidence within the report that the world could feed the entire projected population growth alone by becoming more efficient while also ensuring the survival of wild animals,birds and fish on this planet,” said Steiner.

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