Last updated on: 5/15/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"
Reasoning:

[During a meeting held in Rome from Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2005 the FAO made the following recomendations] “Promote the consumption of milk as a valuable source of human nutrition contributing to healthy development and growth.

Promote the contribution of small-scale dairying to household nutrition, food security, and poverty alleviation.

Implement measures to rectify iodine deficiency in recognised IDD areas accompanied by appropriate monitoring of its prevalence. Milk can also be a valuable source of iodine, providing there is adequate iodine in the diet of the milk-producing animals.”

“Benefits and Potential Risks of the Lactoperoxidase System of Raw Milk Preservation,” www.fao.org, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. We help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since our founding in 1945, we have focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world’s poor and hungry people.”

“About FAO,” www.fao.org (accessed May 7, 2008)

Mission:

“Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

FAO’s mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.”

“FAO’s mandate,” www.fao.org (accessed May 7, 2008)

Other:
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