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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:08 AM
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Food aid at 20 year low
LONDON (Reuters) Food aid is at a 20-year low despite the number of critically hungry people soaring this year to its highest level ever, the United Nations relief agency said Wednesday.

The number of hungry people will pass 1 billion this year for the first time, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) said, adding that it is facing a serious budget shortfall.

To date the WFP has confirmed $2.6 billion in funding for its 2009 budget of $6.7 billion.

"This comes at a time of great vulnerability for the hungry," the WFP said in a statement.

"Millions have been buffeted by the global financial downturn, their ability to buy food is limited by stubbornly high prices. In addition, unpredictable weather patterns are causing more weather-related hunger," the WFP said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090916/ts_nm/us_food_wfp_1
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:56 AM
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1. I thought the bushes declared the word hungry obsoletes?
Isn't "food insecurity" the Republicon politically correct phrase? Reuters in London needs to catch up. Because everyone knows you may have angry mobs of corporate instigated racists picketing you for using real words.
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