Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Organic foods will never feed the world's hungry

Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, knew how to feed the world's hungry: introduce high-yield crops and modern farming techniques. Borlaug's methods have fallen out of favour, however, with a new emphasis on more "environmentally friendly" farming techniques. As a result many Africans and south-Asians will likely starve:

What's so tragic about this is that we know from experience how to fix the problem. Wherever the rural poor have gained access to improved roads, modern seeds, less expensive fertilizer, electrical power, and better schools and clinics, their productivity and their income have increased. But recent efforts to deliver such essentials have been undercut by deeply misguided (if sometimes well-meaning) advocacy against agricultural modernization and foreign aid.

Organic foods are self-indulgent fantasy and will never feed the poor.


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