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2008-07-18 03:00:36

By Lappe, Frances Moore News broadcasts report a horrific "world food crisis." But there is no food shortage. In fact, there's more than enough food to make us all chubby-even counting only the "leftovers," what remains after turning more than a third of the world's grain and fish catch into feed. The forecast for world cereal production in 2008 stands at a record 2,164 million metric tons, says the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization. That's an increase of 2.6 percent over last year,...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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