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Thursday, July 15, 2010


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There is a better approach than the Green Revolution, such as:

and other permacultural designs.

Mr. Thurow seems to understand the problems caused by politicians and greed, but I wonder if he understands the problems of farmers and the need to maintaining water, the atmosphere and soil. I work as a volunteer to USAID contractors. Everywhere I have worked, the governments have been a large part of the cause. However, in the November/December Foreign Affairs Thurow forecasts that Africa will feed the world, in the future. I love his optimistic attitude, but he does not seem to explain how this is possible. Does he understand that North Africa is desert? That east Africa is arid and becoming desert (Wangari Maathai, Unbowed )? Does he understand that in many places the soil is terribly poor? Does he understand that in West Africa, often the primitive tools available to farmers limit them to cultivating only about one hectare? Current foreign aid, from all contributing countries, for food production can not make only a small improvement in the over all food production. If Mr. Thurow has answers to the questions he leave open, we really need his help. Unfortunately, optimistic forecasts just don't put food on the table.

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