8 Ways to Fix the Global Food Crisis

Ideas range from improving aid programs to taking a break on biofuels.

Corn used for ethanol.

Corn used for ethanol.

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Another reference point: While 25,000 people are now dying daily of hunger, the United States throws away 96 billion pounds of food each year, or 320 pounds per person.

"We've essentially been asleep at the switch in this country, not thinking of what it means to be on a crowded planet, with rising demand, scarce natural resources, more climate change," says Sachs. If nothing else, those supermarket prices now sending shock waves across America will be a wake-up call of the need to look hard for solutions to a food crisis that the world shares.

With Matt Bandyk, Kirk Shinkle, and Nancy Shute