Of the factors listed in the poll below, which ONE do you believe will have the biggest positive impact on feeding
The five factors are:
1. Removal of trade barriers
2. Government intervention in food production
3. Investment in R & D
4. Uptake of new technologies and genetic modification
5. Broader expertise through education and training
Julian, and other forum members ...
With reference, the selected five (5) factors pertaining to positively impacting of feeding the world, I consider the 'Removal of trade barriers' would have a more immediate impact, conditional upon this being done irrespective of who is doing the dragging and kicking.
The alternative options are also consistent with the notion of increasing food production and that they also pend universal agreements, (irrespective of who is dragging and kicking). It can be envisaged the relative activities pertaining to each of the factors to increase the production of food would be shared more universally/readily post a consensus to remove trade barriers, (indeed, factors 3, 4 & 5 are conceptually relative to the notion of 'exchangability') ... thus, it is my consideration the removal of trade barriers would pre-empt such opportunities for further exchange. In summary, the removal of trade barriers would be akin to 'getting the horse in front of the cart", as such.
However, such idealism pends the unlikelihood of the global power-elites benevolently genuflecting to the 'common good' ... and universally so!
One only has to consider the range of agenda taken to, and from, Copenhagan recently ... (of course, this assumes one does accept the, as espoused, fix is and can be based on some, or other, monetary fix, (the same being a transparent con that accords with self-interests of the power-elites, that is, they're going to gain from carbon trading, and 'we the people' are going to pay ... and, in the this ironic context, many more, inclusive of many who reside in 'supposed' affluent societies, will personally/economically end up being further disenfranchised with regard to food, (shelter, clothing, services, and etcerata).
Further, (regards environmental concerns) ...
Contemporary lifestyle factors, specifically, all human activity relative to increasing/increased urbanisation causally, (as distinct from correlatively, I believe), underlies the negative influences of humans of the environment. Consider the following two very basic ponderings: 1). how many calories of energy is there actually contained within a can of diced tomato compared to the calories of energy consumed to produce, process, package and and distribute said can of diced tomato ... and, 2). an A340 Airbus takes off from Sydney and flies directly to Perth equates to how many units of bovine flatulence, (a surcharge on fares, does this actually ameliorate the impact of the environment ... recite, if you will, the as espoused economic logic ... as others pass it off as some reality).
Hmmm, if only our elected members actually represented 'we the people'; starting at the local government level. The general extent of the political disenfranchisement of 'we the people' of Australia reflects how remote any notional ideals of a more inclusive world are. The social in our society is being torn asunder ... fair go, mate: no way! I have been a witness to the social and economic fabric of Australian society, generally, being gradually dismantled by the power-elites since around Hawke and Keating's Accord MkIII ... and, as if Howard gave, or Rudd gives, a damn about other than those that keep them in power ... that is, the power-elites in concert with the concentrated ownership of the media, (owned by fellow power-elites) ... and, of course, the associated setting and mediation of feux agenda.