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April 22, 2008


Victor Keegan

Thanks for those comments . Agreed there may need to be a transition period. Your second query may answer itself if a level playing field were to be introduced.

Rav Gera

I'm very confused about this. OK, US and Eu subsidies reduce agricultural activity in Africa, but nevertheless the bizarre sight of Africans starving because US farmers have switched crops reminds us that, right now, Africans are very dependent on that cheap subsidised food. If we are to remove subsidies, there surely needs to be some sort of transition period to make sure African agriculture can fill in the gap?

It seems to me that for all the criticism of biofuels, in the long term it's better for everyone if western farmers get out of food production, so the west can become a market for developing countries' agricultural produce instead of the other way round.

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