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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cheap Food May Be a Thing of the Past in U.S.

“Increased demand from China, India and other developing nations is also driving up prices, as a growing middle class is consuming more protein. . . .

Now, as fears mount of a repeat of the food riots around the world in 2007 and 2008, developing new ways to feed the world has become more pressing.

For some, the solution is rooted in promoting natural farming techniques and weaning farmers off growing crops for biofuels. . . .

Amid the debate, the use of genetically engineered seeds is steadily growing. Biotech crops now are used on 10% of the world’s farmland, up from nearly nothing 15 years ago, according to a recent survey by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications. Last year, 81% of all soybeans, 64% of cotton, 29% of corn and 23% of canola grown worldwide came from biotech seeds, the organization said.

Historically, many biotech crops are grown to feed livestock or as ingredients for biofuels, rather than for direct human consumption. But that’s changing.” (Chicago Tribune).

Chicken Little for President, if not dinner.

FEE Timely Classic

Eating Disorder: How Governments Raise Food Prices” by Arthur E. Foulkes