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UN dishes up prickly pear cactus in answer to food security

ROME: The prickly pear cactus, considered an essential food in Mexico, could be the answer to much of the world's food security woes, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday. "While most cacti are inedible, the Opuntia species has much to offer, especially if treated like a crop rather than a weed run wild," the FAO said in a statement. The UN organisation -- which convened a group of experts to study the plant's potential and help farmers and policy makers use it in a more strategic and…