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Ukraine’s sinking population is attributable to lifestyle, such as food and alcohol consumption, as well as safety and environmental factors. This is a reversible trend. 

It is also just one of the areas the Kyiv Post/East Europe Foundation Conference on Food Safety & Security will focus on April 24. This is the second in a series of conferences in which we examine critical issues.

When I landed in Ukraine 18 years ago, the average life expectancy for Ukrainian males, according to the World Health Organization, was 60. The population of the country was 51.7 million. Today, that population has sunk to 45.5 million, though male life expectancy edged up to 63 (73 for women). Still, Ukrainian men live generally 14 fewer years than their Western Europe counterparts.

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