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The U.N. target for eliminating global hunger by 2030 looks increasingly unlikely after three years of backsliding, with fragile food systems facing challenges that range from political instability to climate change.
The big picture: About 820 million people, or 10.7% of the global population, are malnourished, per a U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization world hunger report. That's up from 784 million in 2015. Demand for food is expected to double between 2013 and 2050.
Why it matters: “The call for action is very clear. It is possible in our lifetime and it is also realistic to end hunger and malnutrition,” said Zambian VP Inonge Wina at the UN conference today, per the AP.
Driving the news: Countries that are more exposed to climate variability have higher rates of malnutrition than those that don't, the report says.
The bottom line: "Population growth requires supplies of more nutritious food at affordable prices, but increasing farm output is hard given the 'fragility of the natural resource base' since humans have outstripped Earth’s carrying capacity in terms of land, water and climate change."
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If you've ever looked at a "Big Mouth Billy Bass" — the talking fish your uncle has on the wall at his hunting cabin — and thought, "I wish I could ask it how the stock market is doing," you're in luck.
Driving the news: The talking fish has been sold since 1999, and now comes with Amazon's Alexa functionality.