The world produced enough food to feed 12 billion people last year - almost twice the world's population according to UN official Jean Ziegler, yet 854 million people went without food. The reason? $350 billion dollars are being spent on agricultural subsidies by industrialised countries.
So what is being done about it? It's business as usual in the US where a subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee unanimously rubberstamped an extension of existing commodity farm subsidies for the next five years, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, an organization that monitors excessive government spending.