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I'm a bit unclear from this story how much of the problem is related to cost of supply issues, distribution issues, genuine shortage issues, and insurance companies having insufficient assets to cover their liabilities - i.e. Wall street issues.

The consequences are clearer: lower yields, lower protein levels = less food availability - exacerbated by the biofuel issue - although that may reduce now that Oil prices have plunged.  

There are clearly serious short term issues which demand immediate attention, but the longer term issues regarding sustainable agriculture - in the financial, environmental, energy cost, and climate change senses of the term all seem to need a lot of working out.

I'm not aware of what was in Obama's program on this - other than favouring bio-fuels because he needed the mid west votes.  But is there a more general sustainable agricultural plan we could all support and lobby for?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Nov 28th, 2008 at 01:34:13 PM EST

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