a mountain to climb

Cheap, freely available food has been taken for granted for so long that few journalists and politicians would have expected to see global food prices and supply dominating our news as they have recently. Spiraling food prices and accompanying riots in over thirty countries, the European and American bio-fuel fiasco, a rash of reports questioning the yield benefits claimed for GM crops and now the 2500 page UN and World Bank backed study of the options for world agriculture that Rob mentioned recently. Suddenly the phone is buzzing with journalists wanting an organic farmer