Latest U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization Stories

2011-01-31 14:50:00

Experts at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report on Monday that fish consumption has reached record levels and world stocks need to be urgently rebuilt. "The contribution of fish to global diets has reached a record of 17.1 kg per person on average, supplying over three billion people with at least 15 percent of their average animal protein intake," the FAO's report said. The report said the increase was due mainly to a surge in fish farming, predicting that the...

2009-07-07 05:50:00

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a joint food safety commission has set rules to cut the level of cancer-causing chemicals in food. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, a cooperative body of the FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO), adopted 30 new standards and guidelines to protect consumers' health last week. The group passed measures to reduce acrylamide, a cancer-causing chemical, in carbohydrate-rich foods such as French fries, potato chips, coffee, and...

2009-06-19 14:45:00

The global economic slowdown combined with high food prices is causing one in six of the world's population, more than one billion people, to go hungry, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Friday. Compared with last year, there are 100 million more people consuming less than 1,800 calories a day, said U.N. officials presenting the report in Rome. Nearly all the world's hungry live in developing nations, where food prices have fallen more slowly than in wealthy...

2008-10-08 09:00:32

FAO calls for review of biofuel policies, subsidies ROME, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Biofuel policies and subsidies should be urgently reviewed to preserve the goal of world food security, protect poor farmers, promote broad-based rural development and ensure environmental sustainability, said a U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report on Tuesday. "Biofuels present both opportunities and risks. The outcome would depend on the specific context of the country and the policies adopted,"...

2008-10-07 12:02:25

The move toward biofuel proliferation in the West may need to be reconsidered, a United Nations report advised on Tuesday. In the case of biofuels, the bad outweighs the good because the harm caused by biofuels on rising food costs is greater than the amount of good cased by reducing greenhouse gases. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said policies encouraging biofuel production and use in Europe and the United States was likely to maintain pressure on food prices but have...

2008-03-27 01:30:00

Scientists reported Wednesday that the major forces behind recent avian flu outbreaks in Vietnam and Thailand are people, ducks, and rice patties, and not the number of chickens. Although avian influenza has been closely associated with chickens in the past, the new study found the number of chickens to be a less important predictor.Since 2003, avian flu has killed 236 people in 12 countries. Three waves of H5N1 bird flu in Thailand in Vietnam during 2004 and 2005 were studied by the U.N....

2007-09-07 16:14:21

INTERLAKEN, Switzerland (AP) - One hundred and eight countries have agreed on an action plan to save endangered livestock breeds, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday. The move follows warnings from scientists earlier this week that rare breeds are becoming extinct at a rate of one every month, taking with them precious genetic material that could be lost forever. Delegates attending an intergovernmental meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland, unanimously agreed to create a...

2007-09-04 18:00:00

INTERLAKEN, Switzerland - The rate at which livestock breeds are disappearing is "alarming," a senior official at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Tuesday, warning that precious genes could be lost forever. One rare breed is becoming extinct every month because farmers - particularly in Asia and Africa - are importing high-yield animals such as Holstein-Friesian cows and White Leghorn chickens, the agency's Assistant Director-General Alexander Mueller told an intergovernmental...

2006-02-22 12:35:00

By Diadie Ba and Alistair Thomson DAKAR -- Ministers and experts from across West Africa met on Wednesday to draft a plan to contain the bird flu virus as the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned of a looming regional disaster. The H5N1 bird flu strain confirmed in Nigeria earlier this month has killed 92 people in Asia and the Middle East since 2003 and triggered the culling of millions of domestic fowl. Experts fear that in Africa, where chickens live in millions of homes,...

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