UN expert supports Mexico right to food constitutional reform Michael Haggerson at 1:17 PM ET
[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food [official website], Olivier De Schutter [official profile], announced on Thursday that he supports a Mexican constitutional reform which recognizes the right to food [press release]. The reform targets articles 4 and 27 of the Mexican constitution [text, PDF]. Article 4 guarantees that "[n]o one may be deprived of the fruits of his labor except by judicial decision." Article 27 provides the government the "right to regulate the utilization of natural resources" distribute resources equitably for the public good. Schutter observed that Mexico's progress towards realizing the right to food has been "uneven" [report]. Although the percent of children who are considered underweight in Mexico decreased from 14.2 percent in 1998 to 5 percent in 2006, the overall number of people living in "food poverty" increased 4.4 percent from 2006 to 2008.
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