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Interview with Dr Raj Patel

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11 May 2008 19:35 AEST

Issam Boashash

From: Brisbane

There main causes of food shortage are overconsumption and the increasing amount of land being used for biofuel. There needs to be either more incentives or regulation by governments to control the amount of land being used for biofuel compared to food producton. Many farmers are realising that they can make more money from their land by producing biofuel and this will only lead to increasing food shortges.

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08 May 2008 14:14 AEST

Ed Donovan

From: Gold Coast

I believe the world food shortage can only be solved by co-operative action by people at a global level. As others have suggested other issues like global warming and overpopulation are related to food shortages. Ultimately, the root cause of problems are nationalism and capitalism. Ronald Coase tried to set up ways for capitalism to deal with externalities like pollution but it is capitalism's continuous need for positive growth that fuels over consumption and all the other problems. Countries who do try to follow socialist programs are usually eventually defeated by the sabotage and interference of the rich in countries over which they have complete control, like the US and Australia. I feel uncomfortable saying this but I believe it is the truth. I am struggling in my life at the moment as well but at least I have food in my stomach and a roof over my head. This is principally through the generosity of others and not due to assistance from the Australian state.

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05 May 2008 13:15 AEST

Eric Brocken

From: Kurrajong Heights

We can more easily address the problems of Food Shortage, Climate Change and Dwindling Oil Supplies by moving to a biologically soil based food production that is decentralised. Support for local food initiatives close to populations (Urban Agriculture) and Organic Farming will move us in a more sustainable direction. Thank you

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01 May 2008 15:29 AEST

ed

From: melbourne

No disrespect but none of the Egyptian women shown complaining and josteling for bread were exactly undernourished looking? If anything most looked to be bordering on morbid obesity. Perhaps a food shortage in Egypt might trim of some fat and lengthen lives?

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01 May 2008 11:32 AEST

Justine Butler

From: Sydney

Great report from Sherine. How shocking to have bread riots in this day and age. I'm not sure what can be done immediately but raising awareness through an excellent report like this is a good start.

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01 May 2008 10:46 AEST

Daniel

From: Melbourne

If you listened to Raj and done some research, the problem isn't global warming, that's what they want you to think. Food supply is not the issue, food affordability and interference from world banks is. Food crops are traditionally better during periods of warmth and increased Co2. As Raj said and is being reported around the world, good food crops are being torn up for highly subsidised corn for ethanol and bio diesel. Some countries are now exporting most of their crops overseas for use as fuels rather than feeding their own people.

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30 Apr 2008 22:08 AEST

Peter

From: Sydney

The five possible causes mentioned have been talked about for decades by media, governments, economists, ecologists and nothing is resolved or any solutions actioned. This mounts to criminal negligence. Have you been to the supermarket lately? Only one person per car at rush hour? We are killing ourselves with polution and our offspring will inherit it. Genocide at its best.

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30 Apr 2008 21:30 AEST

Wayne Thompson

From: Melbourne

Everybody should watch the youtube one plant can save the world it has a lot of answers but from some reason nobody wants to talk in government and are reporters never ask why the lobby groups from religion, Alcohol,Tobacco,Drug companies, Oil all have special interest. so let talk Hemp not Marijuana

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