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I'm just a bit confused about the proposed goal regarding the international trade of food.

So am I, if that makes you feel better.  (LOL)

We can't go on maintaining the status quo.  That way, IMNSHO, leads to mass starvation, mass migrations, and resource wars.  NAFTA or an imposed NAFTA-type solution isn't much better; we don't need Yet Another give away to the plutocrats and their lackies.  

If we do nothing we're going to wake up in the Malthusian Nightmare.  

What we should do is unclear, aside from the motto: a sustainable population fed from a sustainable agricultural system.  There isn't a plan, that I know of, that sets forth what needs to be done.  Admittedly, what we should do will almost certainly be modified by what we can do: politically, economically, socially, culturally, technologically.  But that's irrelevant.  Any plan can kick-start a discussion and even the worst plan can be turned into the best of plans once it's written down and subjected to serious and prolonged critique.

In a very real sense, we don't have a goal.  Yet.  Over the coming months we should be able to fash one out and then, hopefully, start sticking it in people's faces; people who can actually do something about the problems.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Apr 20th, 2008 at 11:17:50 PM EST
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