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Boosting agricultural production has for years been believed to be the solution to world hunger and malnourishment.

However, years of intensive farming, increased chemical fertilizers and pesticides use has done little to successfully address food insecurity.

While food rations may have increased as a result of intensive farming, there is a new kind of hunger which this increase cannot address. The lack of essential micronutrients necessary for growth and development is not caused not by a lack of food only but food that does not have them.

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These micronutrients include vitamins and minerals such as iodine, vitamin A, iron, zinc, calcium, and many others and their effects on human health can be irreversible. For example, without iodine, children are susceptible to brain damage.

UNICEF, the UN body that handles issues affecting children notes that the most devastating impacts of lacking iodine occur …