Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Most Efficient Energy System on Earth is a Plant, Synthesizing Calories From Sunlight

"The whole of nature is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive." William Ralph Inge

WFP, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation And Howard G. Buffett Foundation Join Forces

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation today unveiled a groundbreaking initiative to help poor farmers across the developing world significantly increase their incomes.

The new initiative, Purchase for Progress (P4P), is expected to help hundreds of thousands of small farmers access reliable markets so they can sell their surplus crops at competitive prices, bolstering fragile local economies.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and the government of Belgium have committed US$76 million to this effort to transform the way WFP purchases food in developing countries, with a special focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. The initiative was announced during the United Nations General Assembly, where progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and the global food crisis are high on the agenda of world leaders.

"The world's poor are reeling under the impact of high food and fuel prices, and buying food assistance from developing world farmers is the right solution at the right time," said Josette Sheeran, WFP executive director. "Purchase for Progress is win-win-we help our beneficiaries who have little or no food and we help local farmers who have little or no access to markets where they can sell their crops."

Balance of article: Medical News Today
"All life on earth can be viewed as a competition among species for the solar energy captured by green plants and stored in the form of complex carbon molecules. A food chain is a sytem for passing those calories on to species that lack's the plant's unique ability to synthesize them from sunlight."
The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan

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