End of Cheap Food. Standard Chartered Bank has released a report of that name. "The report concludes that a. `Feeding the world’ is achievable at a global level, but at a cost which will inevitably mean higher prices. b. Regional variations in food availability will widen, leading to more cross-border investment in the agricultural sector, the risk of protectionist policies, and heightened food security concerns for net food importers. c. At the local level, food affordability will become a key focus of fiscal and trade policy across the developing countries. While higher prices have positive implications for farm incomes and investment incentives, they will hinder the drive to improve food security for the poor."
posted October 28, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.
Can Biotech Crops Feed the World? A NY Times colloquium addresses this question, with commentary from (among others) Prof. Per Pinstrup-Andersen of Cornell and Prof. Michael Roberts of NC State.
posted October 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.