New Scientist: "'Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet'" by Debora MacKenzie

July 14, 2008

In her witty commentary, MacKenzie quotes a satirical poem to emphasize that the leaders of the G8 summit are far removed from the reality of hunger.  While their resolve is welcoming, she contends they fail to offer concrete solutions.  She calls for a lowering of trade barriers and setting targets to achieve agricultural growth.  The G8 leaders’ emphasize the need for agricultural research and development, stressing the importance of CGIAR centers in particular.  This, she says is a step in the right direction, but the question of funding is still unresolved.

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