But the question that should be keeping us all up at night isn’t whether the planet can grow enough food. The real question is whether every human being will be able to access that food. That’s what’s really difficult — and that’s where the natural inclinations of democratic governments might work against humanity’s interests. Funding agricultural research is important, but it’s a relatively easy political sell. Opening up markets and reforming institutions so food can flow freely — that takes courage.
Castillo, a cattle farmer from Uruguay, also has a long background in trade negotiations. He predicts that there will be more trade in food in the coming years as domestic supplies become inadequate, and that agricultural trade will become a bigger policy priority for governments.
My opinion would be closer to Ms. Heartfield’s than to Mike’s. Plus, she gets bonus points for use of the term, ‘scuba rice’.