April 29, 2008

Same story . . .

This nice little rant from the Philadelphia Enquirer sums up nicely my reluctance to endorse Sachs's call for another green revolution fueled by conventional fertilizers and high-yield GMO's, here is a bit:
The food shortages, suddenly front-page news, are not new. Hundreds of millions were starving and malnourished last year; the only change is that as the crisis has grown, it has become more difficult to "manage" the hunger that a failed food system accepts rather than feeds.

The current global food system, designed by U.S.-based agribusiness conglomerates like Cargill, Monsanto and ADM and forced into place by the U.S. government and its allies at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization, has planted the seeds of disaster by pressuring farmers here and abroad to produce cash crops for export and alternative fuels rather than grow healthy food for local consumption and regional stability.
Read the whole thing.

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