About 1 billion of the world’s people are chronically hungry this year, according to an editorial in The Christian Science Monitor. That figure represents an increase of about 100 million hungry people since last year, a serious setback following decades of progress toward reducing global hunger. Two recent trends affected the setback – the spike in energy prices and related use of grain for energy production, followed by the global economic downturn. But in the longer term, the editorial notes, insufficient investment in agriculture, particularly in developing nations, prevents food production from keeping pace with population growth. The full article is available from The Christian Science Monitor.