Thursday, June 12, 2008
US and Europe disgraceful at food summit
Here's a link to the Register's editorial on the UN "food summit" in Rome last week. It wouoldn't make anything near the whole difference, but it would make a difference to maybe a 100,000 more people likely to go hungry this year if the "developed" countries put their ethanol and biofuel programs on hiatus for a while -- though it would be better for the world if they just scrapped them. Ending their farm programs that so generously and unjustly overpay their farmers would make a huge difference over time. But the governments in all those countries are overgrown, but paralyzed by their addiction to serving special interests. They're big but stupid and stubborn in their stupidity -- and that makes them, when it comes to the results of their blundering, blind and ultimately callous toward the suffering they cause for others.