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Francis Moore Lappe on International Food Crisis

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization -- 50 million people were added to the millions of the hungry last year due to soaring food prices. The World Bank estimates that more than 100 million people worldwide may yet be pushed into poverty as a result of the food crisis. Some 30 countries have sharply curbed food exports to ensure that their citizens have enough food to eat. We talk today with Francis Moore Lappe -- author of Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad. Lappe also wrote a recent New York Times article examining the international food crisis. Leaders at the G8 summit are focusing on remedies like increased food reserves, easing exports and increased production. How do those goals address – or ignore – the real underpinnings of the crisis.

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