(May 5) International organizations have come under fire in the U.S. in recent months.

The biggest lightning rod, the United Nations, has been criticized as too eager to give despots like Saddam Hussein the benefit of the doubt.

One international body has shown itself to be decisive and well positioned to benefit all citizens of the world.

The World Health Organization has recently released a draft paper that argues for greater fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in both developing countries and the developed world to battle obesity and other chronic diseases.

The study also calls for restrained consumption of sugar and recommends specific intake for food groups, including fresh produce.

The WHO study is expected to lead to dialogue with global food companies and government groups to help define the parameter of what can be done to battle the long-term devastation chronic disease brings to developing countries.

Specific recommendations from those consultations will be issued next year.

The WHO study is yet another confirmation of what health authorities in the U.S. and around the world believe.

The diets of all people need to include greater consumption of fresh produce.

That added voice brings needed focus to an issue that is truly global.