Agriculture: Lagging Food

Food is everybody's business — but the business of providing it is faring badly in most of the world. So reports the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which keeps a close watch on the world's food supply. While the world population increased another 2% last year — to 3.218 billion — farm production continued to follow a laggardly trend, rising barely 1%. Chief reasons for the poor performance: bad weather and primitive, inefficient farming methods. Harvests were poor in the developing nations that most need good crops if they are to...

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