Thursday, April 29, 2010


After the environment report of the UN was found to have inaccurate data, the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had to eat its words and the very credibility of such agencies, supposed to be manned by eminent persons is being questioned by all those concerned with the fate of this globe under stress due to indiscriminate man-created pollution. Here comes another bloomer on world hunger projected by no less an authority than the FAO, according to some analysts knowledgeable on the subject. Probably there is some substance in the arguments by the UK group which contests the conclusion arrived by the FAO.

"A declaration that global food production needs to double to feed the world by the middle of this century provoked shock when it was announced by the UN food chief. It has since become a founding pillar of food policy, cited by leading British politicians and government scientists, farming leaders and some of the world's biggest agricultural companies. But the source of the now infamous statistic did not actually say that, claims a new report by the Soil Association, the UK's leading organic group.The study, entitled "The big fat lie about doubling food production", traced the original source of the doubling claim back to a report published by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation in 2006. However, using the FAO's own figures, the Soil Association says the forecast increase needed in production would be closer to 70% by 2050".

It will be tragic if such gross discrepancies are found in policy reports prepared by international servants serving the UN agencies, with enormous cost incurred for maintaining them. Whether such distortions are deliberate or accidental is immaterial because the ultimate adverse effect on mankind due to misreporting will be same. Probably UN agencies will have to be more diligent in selecting people with unimpeachable integrity while compiling policy reports with far reaching consequences.


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