This brief article is a highlight in and of itself! Especially note:
The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food has reported that ecological farming can double food production with in 10 years. This is the kind of agriculture we should be investing in.
We have enough food to go around now. We must finally recognize that hunger is a problem of poverty and access to resources, especially land, not agricultural yield.
Finally, here in the U.S., kick the farm lobby out of Congress and the pesticide industry out of our federal regulatory agencies (EPA & USDA). Together, these two special interests have a choke hold on U.S. farm, aid and trade policy, and dominate our agricultural research agenda in ways that make it possible for a smart man like Bill Gates to believe and proselytize on behalf of an approach to agriculture that A, the rest of the world knows is defunct; and B, has failed—after 14 years of commercialization and billions of dollars in public research funding—to deliver on a single one of its promises to the public.