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CFR: Daniel Gustafson on U.S. Food Policy

 
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03/27/2008 11:56 PM
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CFR: Daniel Gustafson on U.S. Food Policy
Global food prices have continued to rise, placing an extra burden on the poor. The World Food Program (WFP), a UN humanitarian agency, in March 2008 announced a shortfall of $500 million and could have to ration food aid. Daniel Gustafson, director of the Washington office of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, says the price increase is due to a confluence of events, including increased demand for meat worldwide, high energy prices, bad harvests in some countries, and the advancement of corn-based ethanol as an alternative fuel. For the world’s poor, those in developing countries who typically spend 70 percent to 80 percent of their entire income on food, he says “anything that relates to an increase in food prices can be a disaster for them.”

On the plus side, Gustafson says overall high prices will accelerate changes in trade regimes to help lower trade barriers. Gustafson notes a “critical change” in the proposed U.S. farm legislation (PDF) that would allow 25 percent of food aid to be purchased from local countries rather than being forced to rely on U.S. cereals. He says the next administration will want to see agriculture policy play a more prominent role in the development agenda. First it should look at the emergency food needs and the impact of high prices, then at access to food and better nutrition, and finally at investments in agricultural infrastructure.

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03/28/2008 12:36 AM
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Re: CFR: Daniel Gustafson on U.S. Food Policy
G'day Niccolo.

Don't worry, look what's coming on Dec 31st 2009.

[link to video.google.com.au]

Be aware of what you KNOW and what you BELIEVE. Don't ever let what you believe block the path of knowledge, for knowledge is truth. Belief is a temporary crutch at best, and crutches are for disabled people.
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Re: CFR: Daniel Gustafson on U.S. Food Policy
G'day Niccolo.

Don't worry, look what's coming on Dec 31st 2009.

[link to video.google.com.au]

 Quoting: 13.0.0.0.0

Regarding the OP, just think... the CFR themselves are telling us this crap.

Thanks for the video!

Here's a link to her site, for those interested.

[link to www.healthfreedomusa.org]
"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air--however slight--lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
--Justice William O. Douglas

"There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first is excellent, the second good, and the third useless."
--Niccolò Machiavelli

"I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep"
--Robert Frost

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