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shiel

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Sorry this is in feedback. I am banned from all the others.

Found this 'good news' in Bloomberg.

Best Able to Feed Its People
By Alan Bjerga, Cindy Hoffman and Cedric Sam
September 26, 2017
The U.S. for the first time dropped from the top spot in a global ranking of how well countries can feed their own people, as concerns about agricultural research spending and government policy trends may make the world’s top food exporter a less-certain place to get a meal.
Ireland is the world’s most “food-secure” nation, improving its food affordability, availability, quality and safety while the U.S. has stagnated, according to a copy of the sixth annual Global Food Security Index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit scheduled for release Tuesday.
 


ger12

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It's a pity you're thread banned shiel, it's noteworthy news alright.
 

shiel

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It is not often Ireland is the best in the world.

The following are the criteria used.

Four Categories Make Up the Score
Natural resources and resilience were added this year

Quality
And Safety
Diet diversification
Nutritional standards
Micronutrient availability
Protein quality
Food safety
Affordability
Food consumption as share of household expenditure
Proportion of population under global poverty line
Gross domestic product per capita
Agricultural import tariffs
Presence of food safety net programs
Access to financing for farmers
Availability
Sufficiency of supply
Public expenditure on agricultural R&D
Agricultural infrastructure
Volatility of agricultural production
Political stability risk
Corruption
Urban absorption capacity
Food loss
Added in 2017:
Natural Resources And Resilience
Exposure
Water
Land
Oceans
Sensitivity
Adaptive capacity
Demographic stresses
 

shiel

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All credit is due to the Irish people involved.

Any sign of it in the headlines?
 

Erudite Caveman

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So, it's because it rains here in a lovely drizzly way? Perfect for cabbages and slugs for protein.
 

Franzoni

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All the more reason to make sure the likes Boris and Farage can't pull up on an unapproved road in the future and start hawking their shíte out of the back of a wánked out Hiace.....
 

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Given all the complaints I thought we should be reminded about one area in which Ireland tops the world.

Worldwide, food security fell for the first time in five years, largely because of increases in the number of refugees, weather disasters and a decline in global political stability. The examination, commissioned by Dupont Co., this year added metrics based on climate and natural-resource risks. Adjusting for those factors, the U.S. fell to fourth place, with Austria and France moving ahead.
Top 20 Countries Before and After New Metrics
U.S., already down a notch, falls to fourth when climate's factored in

Overall ranking
Adjusted
Ireland
United States
United Kingdom
Singapore
Australia
Netherlands
Germany
France
Canada
Sweden
Austria
Switzerland
Norway
New Zealand
Finland
Denmark
Belgium
Japan
Israel
Portugal
 

boldfenianman

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Given all the complaints I thought we should be reminded about one area in which Ireland tops the world.

Worldwide, food security fell for the first time in five years, largely because of increases in the number of refugees, weather disasters and a decline in global political stability. The examination, commissioned by Dupont Co., this year added metrics based on climate and natural-resource risks. Adjusting for those factors, the U.S. fell to fourth place, with Austria and France moving ahead.
Top 20 Countries Before and After New Metrics
U.S., already down a notch, falls to fourth when climate's factored in

Overall ranking
Adjusted
Ireland
United States
United Kingdom
Singapore
Australia
Netherlands
Germany
France
Canada
Sweden
Austria
Switzerland
Norway
New Zealand
Finland
Denmark
Belgium
Japan
Israel
Portugal
This cant be true. How could a famine happen in a country like that?
 

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Oddly enough they used data from the 21st century, and not 1847 in compiling it.
Indeed, using data from 90 years after Independence, and not from 90 years before.
 

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What borders are used for 'Israel' and are Palestinians included or excluded. Also, I would be curious how they arrive at the US figures as there are parts of the USA that are poorer and hungrier than parts of Africa. The rest of the countries on the list are reasonably homogenised but there is still much room for statistical selectivity..
 


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