23 Jun '11, 9pm

Modest New Steps on the Food Supply

Modest New Steps on the Food Supply

Sanjit Das for The New York Times A worker loads husked rice at a mill in the village of Samhauta in Bihar State in India. The global food crisis is getting a fresh round of high-level attention. At their first-ever summit meeting on Thursday, agriculture ministers for the Group of 20 major economies agreed on an action plan to tackle food supply problems as well as high and volatile prices for major commodities. Perhaps the most significant element will be the creation of a new information system designed to shine a brighter light on global grain flows and reserves. In the past some countries, notably China and India, have treated this kind of information as state secrets. Both traders and scientists have long complained about the lack of reliable global statistics, especially regarding stockpiles. China and India have committed themselves to taking part in the new system...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/modest-new-step...

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