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Food shortages – how will we feed the world? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
April 22, 2008, 11:53 pm
Filed under: Articles, Development theory, Environment, If you only have 15 mins

Britain’s Daily Telegraph is carrying an interesting article on the current world food shortage here (unfortunately also here and here, thanks to stupid click throughs). They address the questions of why prices are rising, who will be most affected, and what we can do about it. Interestingly genetic modification and biotechnology are not a large part of their proposals, although biofuels do take a topical beating (with the need to make them sensible, rather than politically expedient, sources emphasized).

Making existing technologies more available to small scale farmers (who till one third of the world’s soil) is a large part of their ‘multi functional’ agriculture prescription.

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