Friday, May 30, 2008

Can cheap food cause starvation?

Huffington Post blogger Terra Lawson-Remer wrote this interesting analysis putting forth the idea that "cheap food" from the US stifles food production in poor countries. Here is a link to that post.

The U.S. Farm Bill & the Global Food Crisis

Lawson-Remer's analysis includes this statement:
At the same time, U.S. food "aid" is more a vehicle to dump excess U.S. production than a benefit for hungry populations. Congress requires that food aid be purchased from U.S. growers and shipped overseas. This hurts developing country farmers by undercutting them in their local markets, further reducing domestic production.

Local food is the best.

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