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Web Editors' Choice 2012

By Bloomberg - 2012-12-24T16:25:34Z

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Over 50 Years of Hunger in India

In this moving investigation, Mehul Srivastava recounts his father Dinesh's emergence from devastating hunger and poverty when modern agriculture enabled India to feed its rapidly growing population. As a friend recounted, his father's generation at one point ate an imported coarse wheat intended, they were told, to feed American pigs. "We weren't any better than American pigs," his father's friend told Srivastava. "We ate it all and we begged for more." In a report, Srivastava and Andrew MacAskill document what hasn't changed: As much as $14.5 billion in food has been looted over the last decade in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh alone.