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Agriculture and Food

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13 Dec, 2010
Food Security In Great Peril From Biofuels

December 13, 2010 

Agriculture faces many difficulties, from how to establish land rights to how to disseminate technology or adapt to climate change. But the biofuel problem is a no-brainer.

11 Apr, 2010
Free Food!

April 11, 2010 

Food production far outstripped population growth in the 20th century, despite widespread pessimism. And the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) says there is enough land and water to allow this to continue through the 21st century.


04 Mar, 2009
How to Cause Hunger

Chronic hunger affects some 850 million people in the world, while hunger and poverty combined claim around 25,000 lives every day. To remind us of this unacceptable tragedy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FOA) celebrated its annual World Food Day with the slogan "The right to food." But the FAO should have paid more attention to rights that matter most for "landless farmers, urban slum dwellers and the extremely poor" - the right to own and exchange property and the right to trade freely, both locally and internationally.

04 Mar, 2009
Chemicals are Good for You

Scary headlines recently announced that a study claims that a pesticide causes prostate cancer and birth defects. Predictably, the study on banana plantations in the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe was seized on by the environmentalists, in vindication of their beliefs about the dangers of agricultural chemicals.

04 Mar, 2009
Restore the Food Market

The article, Restore the food market, argues that the food crisis, i.e. food shortages and food price hikes, is a phenomena of nationally closed and protected markets.

04 Mar, 2009
Rising Food Prices, Protectionism and the Poor

Rising food prices have caused street protests from Mexico to India to Senegal. But this could be a blessing in disguise if it makes governments eliminate the trade barriers that push prices higher: the poorest countries will benefit most from dropping their own tariffs.

17 Dec, 2008
Make the Poor Pay

There is a growing notion that rich countries should slash imports from poor countries whose antiquated factories are heavy carbon emitters: this eco-protectionism is in fact good old-fashioned protectionism and would hit the poor hardest.


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