When seen from the viewpoint of human nutrition instead of profit production, the capitalist food system fails in almost every aspect. Hunger was a persistent feature of the modern world-system in the twentieth century, as well as in former periods of its painful development, and continues to be so at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Most probably, rising food prices in the years before 2008 increased hunger in many parts of the global South. According to the FAO Global Hunger Report 2009, the number of undernourished people increased from less than 800 million in 1995-1997 to over 900 million in 2008, then to more than a billion in 2009 (FAO 2009). In 2010, the FAO still estimated more than 900 million to be undernourished (FAO 2010b).