ROME- The UN sponsored the World Food Summit ended in November 17 with division among delegated on how best to eliminate global hunger problems.

While delegates agreed to a declaration to reduce world famine by 50 per cent by the year 2015, there was little agreement on priorities for improving distribution of food resources. The U.S. delegation in particular, resisted efforts to affirm a global “right to good.”

Pro-life and pro-family observers to the summit were concerned that delegates would emphasize abortion and other population control measures as priorities in “solving” hunger problems. Many UN agencies and supporters have advocated population stabilization as a key objective for world governments in the next century.

These measures were countered by pro-life groups who see support for the traditional family unit as the best means of ensuring economic, social and political stability. They called for investment in agricultural research and technology and for improvements in resource allocation as ideal means of combating world hunger.