Science neglect causes food price rise

Another set of experts propose another reason for the rise in the price of food.

“Scientists who run three of the world’s leading international agricultural research labs say the worldwide surge in food prices is a predictable result of the neglect of agricultural research over the past two decades.”

Biofuels also get a mention.

“Government subsidies for biofuels have added to recent price rises. Von Braun wants a moratorium on biofuels made using food such as maize and oilseeds, and says countries should stop adding to market instability with policies that discourage food trade.”

And the solution, which is hardly surprising given the people proposing it, is:

“Most of all we need to invest in science and technology, and in measures that improve small farmers’ access to markets,” he says. “We need yield increases of 3-5 per cent per year for the next 15-20 years.”

 The full New Scientist article is here <link>

My earlier posts on the subject – this one about the role of the falling dollar <link> and this one showing the impact on the life satisfaction scale <link>. There’s more but these two will do for the moment.

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