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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Bringing Agriculture Back to U.S. Foreign Policy

Just read this article in the May/June Foreign Affairs. It is the best written, most well reasoned/informed article on the topic I've seen in quite a few years. Opening paragraph below:
It is not easy for Americans to understand the starvation that afflicts much of the developing world. Families in the poorest parts of Africa and Asia spend up to 80 percent of their incomes on food; for the average U.S. household, that would mean an annual grocery bill of $40,000. Yes, there are hungry Americans in the millions, and the U.S. food-stamp program is operating at record levels. But hunger in the United States does not put tens of thousands of infants into hospitals and require them to be hooked up to feeding tubes. Nor does it lead to stunting, wasting, and debilitating forms of malnutrition, such as kwashiorkor and marasmus.
Full text of the article here, courtesy of The Chicago Council's Global Ag Development Project. The full text of The Council's complete, bipartisan analysis can be found here.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 9:53 PM


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