FOOD DAY: Borlaug Dialogue Begins

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The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization marked World Food Day at its headquarters in Rome Wednesday.

The focus of the day is malnourishment.

Experts say more than 800-million people on the planet are malnourished while another 2-billion have nutrient deficiencies.

The conversation about world hunger is also taking shape in Des Moines as part of the Borlaug Dialogue that began Wednesday.

The symposium is part of World Food Prize week.

This year’s conversation looks ahead to advancements in agriculture over the next century.

More than a thousand scientific, business and policy experts from around the world listened in on the conversation, including former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

The World Food Prize winners also gave presentations on biotechnology.

“I hope that we will find biotechnology has helped feed the additional hungry people we will have by the year 2050,” prize winner Mary-Dell Chilton said.

“We will have another 2.6 billion people on this earth and we need to double food production and bio-tech is one of the most valuable tools in the future for a hungry world.”

The dialogue is named after Iowan Norman Borlaug who is credited with developing strains of wheat that can grow in adverse climates.

Borlaug’s work is believed to have saved a billion lives.

The dialogue runs through Friday.